Durham–UNH station

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Durham–UNH
Durham NH Amtrak Station and Restaurant.jpg
The 1896-built station houses the UNH Dairy Bar.
Location 3 Depot Street
Durham, New Hampshire
Owned by University of New Hampshire
Line(s) B & M (Pan Am Railways)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections UNH Wildcat Buses to Dover, Newmarket and Portsmouth
Construction
Parking Metered and UNH/Town of Durham permit parking nearby
Bicycle facilities Racks available
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: DHM
History
Opened 1912 (B&M)
December 14, 2001 (Amtrak)
Closed June 30, 1967
Rebuilt 2008
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 63,046[1]Increase 19.2%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Downeaster

Durham–University of New Hampshire station, also known as Durham–UNH station or simply Durham station, is a passenger rail station in Durham, New Hampshire, served by Amtrak's Downeaster line. The historic depot, which now houses the UNH Dairy Bar, is situated just west of downtown Durham on the campus of the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The station is owned by the university, but an adjacent parking area is managed by the town of Durham. On average, about 172 rail passengers board or detrain daily at Durham, making it the second-busiest Amtrak stop in New Hampshire.[1]

Service[edit]

Durham is served by five Downeaster trains in each direction daily. Durham is approximately one hour by train from Portland and 1:30 from Boston.[2] UNH students and Durham residents comprise most of the riders, but the lack of parking available to the general public means most commuters drive to and park at Dover or Exeter, the stations north and south respectively of Durham.

The university operates both a free on-campus bus shuttle service, Campus Connector Shuttle, and Wildcat Transit, an off-campus service, serving the cities and towns of Dover, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Newington, and Portsmouth. The bus services operate year round but scale back outside of the academic year. Intercity bus service to Boston also now uses the rail station site. There is a Wildcat Transit and UNH Campus Connector bus stop approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) from the platform on Main Street. During the academic year the station also hosts intercity bus service provided by C&J to Boston Logan Airport and South Station.

History[edit]

A B&M freight train passes the unused Durham station in 1976.

The Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M) began service to Durham in 1841, and by the end of the 19th century included 7 to 12 trains per day.[3] The tracks through Durham originally followed a course slightly east of the current alignment, with a station at Main Street. On January 22, 1905, an express train derailed in downtown Durham, injuring 11 passengers and prompting concerns about future crashes in the downtown area. In 1912, prompted by the town and the need to add a second track, the railroad moved its tracks further west away from downtown. Edgewood Road is now built on the former right of way. The B&M disassembled the underused 1896-built East Lynn station in Lynn, Massachusetts, and rebuilt it on the new alignment at Durham.[3][4]

In 1958, the B&M was approved to discontinue all its interstate passenger services. The station was sold by the B&M to UNH for $1 in 1960.[5] On January 4, 1965, the railroad discontinued all service outside Massachusetts except for single round trips to Concord and Dover, the latter of which served Durham.[6] On June 30, 1967, the Concord trip was cut back to Lowell and the Dover trip to Haverhill, ending service to Durham.[6]

Regular passenger service returned with the opening of the Downeaster on December 14, 2001.[6] The depot was maintained as a restaurant and renovated in 2007-2008 by the university with funding assistance from the United States Department of Transportation. It reopened on August 11, 2008, featuring an upgraded Dairy Bar (a restaurant operated by UNH Hospitality Services).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amtrak Government Affairs (November 2016). "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2016, State of New Hampshire" (PDF). Amtrak. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Train Schedules". Amtrak. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Paine, Maggie; Woodward, Mylinda (Winter 2001). "All Aboard!". UNH Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Roy, John H. Jr. (2007). A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses. Branch Line Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780942147087. 
  5. ^ "Durham, NH (DHM)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Belcher, Jonathan (19 March 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 

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Coordinates: 43°08′23″N 70°56′09″W / 43.13972°N 70.93583°W / 43.13972; -70.93583