Fredericksburg station

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Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg station 2017.jpg
The old RFP station building is currently occupied by The Bavarian Chef restaurant
Location200 Lafayette Boulevard
Fredericksburg, Virginia
United States
Coordinates38°17′54″N 77°27′25″W / 38.29833°N 77.45694°W / 38.29833; -77.45694Coordinates: 38°17′54″N 77°27′25″W / 38.29833°N 77.45694°W / 38.29833; -77.45694
Owned byCSX Transportation
Operated byVirginia Railway Express
Line(s)RF&P Subdivision
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport Fredericksburg Regional Transit: D1, F2, F4, VF1, VS1
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesBike racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeFBG
Fare zone9 (VRE)
History
Opened1910
Rebuilt2010–2011[1]
Traffic
Passengers (FY2015)117,423[2]Increase 10.47% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Richmond Staples Mill Road
toward Charlotte
Carolinian Quantico
toward New York
Ashland Northeast Regional Quantico
Richmond Staples Mill Road
toward Miami
Silver Meteor Alexandria
toward New York
Preceding station Virginia Railway Express Following station
Spotsylvania
Terminus
Fredericksburg Line Leeland Road

Fredericksburg is a passenger rail station in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It is served by Amtrak's Carolinian, Northeast Regional, and Silver Meteor trains, and the Virginia Railway Express's Fredericksburg Line. It is located on Lafayette Boulevard (US BUS 1).

History[edit]

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad's Silver Star at Fredricksburg on February 8, 1969

The Fredericksburg station was originally built in 1910 by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, as a replacement for an older ground level station house.[3] The RF&P arrived in Fredericksburg as far back as January 1837. A former Virginia Central Railway Depot can be found on adjacent tracks two blocks to the west on the southwest corner of Lafayette Boulevard and Charles Street.[4][citation needed][5]

The RF&P's passenger service was taken over by Amtrak in 1971. and commuter service was re-introduced by Virginia Railway Express in 1992 when the station became the southern terminus of the Fredericksburg Line. Since 1997, the station house was occupied by Claiborne's restaurant,[6] until it was replaced in 2010 by the Bavarian Chef Restaurant.[7] The station underwent a major restoration project between 2010 and 2011.[1]

The line was extended to a new terminus at Spotsylvania station in November 2015 with the hopes of easing the parking crunch at Fredericksburg.[8]

In June 2017, the VRE board approved a $431,000 to repair the western sections of platform, with plans to add an additional stair tower. Further in the future, plans for the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor call for a third track and an expanded station slightly to the east.[1]

Station layout[edit]

Fredericksburg has two side platforms serving both Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express service. Amtrak's Silver Star, Palmetto, and Auto Train services pass through the station without stopping.

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound      Fredericksburg Line toward Spotsylvania (Terminus)
     Northeast Regional toward Norfolk or Newport News (Richmond – Staples Mill Road)
     Carolinian toward Charlotte (Richmond – Staples Mill Road)
     Silver Meteor toward Miami (Richmond – Staples Mill Road)
     Silver Star,      Palmetto,      Auto Train do not stop here
Northbound      Silver Star,      Palmetto,      Auto Train do not stop here →
     Silver Meteor toward New York (Alexandria)
     Carolinian toward New York (Quantico)
     Northeast Regional toward Boston (Quantico)
     Fredericksburg Line toward Union Station (Leeland Road)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Ground level Station building, entrance/exit to street

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shenk, Scott (August 25, 2017). "Fredericksburg train station to get upgrade". Free Lance-Star. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, Commonwealth of Virginia" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  3. ^ 1905 Postcard of Fredericksburg station at ground level (TrainWeb)
  4. ^ Dynamic Depot Maps (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
  5. ^ Former Fredericksburg Virginia Central Railroad Depot
  6. ^ "After 12 years, Claiborne's closes: Claiborne's closes suddenly," by Emily Battle (Fredericksburg.com; September 9, 2009 )
  7. ^ The Bavarian Chef in Fredericksburg
  8. ^ Lazo, Luz (15 November 2015). "VRE Spotsylvania station to open Monday". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 November 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fredericksburg station at Wikimedia Commons