Goldsboro Union Station

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Goldsboro Union Station
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Goldsboro Union Station is located in North Carolina
Goldsboro Union Station
Goldsboro Union Station is located in the United States
Goldsboro Union Station
Location101 North Carolina Street
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Coordinates35°23′5″N 78°0′15″W / 35.38472°N 78.00417°W / 35.38472; -78.00417Coordinates: 35°23′5″N 78°0′15″W / 35.38472°N 78.00417°W / 35.38472; -78.00417
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built1907 (1907)
ArchitectLeitner & Wilkins
NRHP reference No.77001015[1]
Added to NRHPApril 13, 1977

Union Station in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina was built between 1907 and 1909 at West Walnut and North Carolina Streets to serve the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Southern Railway, and the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad. The architectural design is credited to J.F. Leitner's firm, Leitner & Wilkins. It is a two-story brick building, seven bays wide and two bays deep, with a hip roof, flanked by one-story gabled brick wings. It features a three-story central tower and one-story front and rear porches.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]

The ACL operated trains on the former Wilmington and Weldon Railroad between Wilmington (the original headquarters of the ACL) and a point near Wilson, where a connection was made to the RichmondFlorida main line.

The Southern Railway operated passenger trains such as the northern branch of the Cincinnati-bound Carolina Special from Goldsboro through Raleigh and Durham to Greensboro.[3]

When the station was constructed, the A&NC was controlled by the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). In 1935 the NS lost control of the A&NC, which was then operated as the Atlantic and East Carolina Railway; it was acquired by the Southern in 1957.

Into the early 1950s the Atlantic and East Carolina Railway ran a daily passenger train from Goldsboro, North Carolina southeast to Morehead City on the Crystal Coast.[4][5] The last passenger train to use Goldsboro Union Station was discontinued in 1968. That train was a Rocky Mount station - Wilmington Union Station Seaboard Coast Line route that originated in connection with the Champion southbound, and the Palmetto northbound.[6]

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is studying the resumption of passenger service from Raleigh through Goldsboro to Wilmington. On August 17, 2007 NCDOT announced that it had purchased the station and would renovate it to serve as a multimodal transportation center.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Goldsboro Union Station" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. n.d. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Southern Railway timetable, July 30, 1952, Tables K, 1B, 1C, 5B http://streamlinermemories.info/South/SOU52TT.pdf
  4. ^ "Atlantic and East Carolina Railway". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 82 (8). January 1950.
  5. ^ "Atlantic and East Carolina Railway". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 87 (7). December 1954.
  6. ^ "Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, Table 9". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 100 (5). October 1967.
  7. ^ "Future Service". North Carolina Department of Transportation, Rail Division. Archived from the original on August 2, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  8. ^ "NCDOT PURCHASES GOLDSBORO'S UNION PASSENGER STATION" (Press release). North Carolina Department of Transportation, Rail Division. August 17, 2007. Archived from the original on August 15, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Pikeville
toward Wilson
Wilson – Wilmington Dudley
toward Wilmington