Danville station

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This article is about the train station in Danville, Virginia. For the former station in Kentucky, see Junction City, Kentucky.
Danville
Danville Amtrak Station.JPG
Location 677 Craighead Street
Danville, VA
United States
Owned by City of Danville
Line(s) Norfolk Southern Railway
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: DAN
History
Opened 1899
Rebuilt 1922, 1995
Traffic
Passengers (FY2014) 7,741 annually[1]Decrease 20.17% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans
Crescent
Danville Southern Railway Passenger Depot
Danville station is located in Virginia
Danville station
Location Danville, Virginia
Coordinates 36°35′02″N 79°23′02″W / 36.58389°N 79.38389°W / 36.58389; -79.38389Coordinates: 36°35′02″N 79°23′02″W / 36.58389°N 79.38389°W / 36.58389; -79.38389
Architect Frank P. Milburn, R.B. Graham
Architectural style Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 95000895[2]
VLR # 108-0058-0012
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 1995
Designated VLR April 28, 1995[3]

The Danville station, also known as Danville Southern Railway Passenger Depot, is a historic train station in Danville, Virginia. It is currently served by Amtrak, the United States' national passenger rail service, and is a stop on the Crescent line.

History[edit]

The station was built in 1899 from plans drawn by the noted Southern Railway architect, Frank Pierce Milburn. In 1915, a track expansion required that the track be moved 133 feet to the northeast. The station was jacked up on rollers, and crews used mules and stump pullers to roll the building. It is said that the move was done so skillfully that not a single brick was cracked.

In 1922, the building was almost destroyed by fire during a raging snowstorm. Southern Railway rebuilt the building to its original specifications, minus the spire that had formerly graced its roofline. With the demise of public rail transit, the building fell into disuse, and for years, Amtrak passengers had to walk through an underground tunnel and wait on a platform between the tracks. In 1993 it was closed to passenger service temporarily and bought by the City of Danville.

In 1995, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The same year, a group of local civic leaders sought federal ISTEA funding and local contributions to renovate the station. It is now part of the campus of the Danville Science Center, the first satellite facility of the Science Museum of Virginia. It also includes the Danville Farmer's Market and a former Pepsi Cola bottling warehouse.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, Commonwealth of Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak Government Affairs. November 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Danville County Listings on the National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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