J. Douglas Galyon Depot

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J. Douglas Galyon Depot
Amtrak inter-city rail station
GRO Amtrak Station Outside.JPG
Location236 East Washington Street[1]
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
Coordinates36°04′10″N 79°47′14″W / 36.06944°N 79.78722°W / 36.06944; -79.78722Coordinates: 36°04′10″N 79°47′14″W / 36.06944°N 79.78722°W / 36.06944; -79.78722
Owned byCity of Greensboro
Line(s)
  • Danville District
  • H-Line
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks4
Train operatorsAmtrak
Bus stands22
Bus operators
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking102 spaces; free
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectAlfred T. Fellheimer
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
Other information
Station codeGRO
History
Opened1927,[1] reopened 2005
Closed1979
Rebuilt2001–2003[1]
Original companySouthern Railway
Traffic
Passengers (2017)111,187[2][3]Decrease 2.2%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans
Crescent
toward New York
toward Charlotte
Carolinian
toward New York
Piedmont
toward Raleigh

J. Douglas Galyon Depot,[1] also known as Greensboro station, is an intermodal transit facility in Greensboro, North Carolina. Located at 236 East Washington Street in downtown Greensboro, it serves Amtrak passenger rail and is the city's main hub for local and intercity buses.

The station was built in 1927. Train service was moved to a new building outside downtown in 1979. The historic station was renovated and reopened as a transit center in 2005.

History

The station was originally built in 1927 as the Greensboro Southern Railway Depot. It was a replacement for an 1899 Southern Railway Depot that still exists today, albeit without the gabled-third story and cupola it had in the past. The 1927 depot was donated to the city in 1978, a year before the Southern Railroad finally gave up passenger service. Though efforts to return service to the old station date as far back as 1993, it was not reopened to the public until October 1, 2005.[4]

Designed by the New York architectural firm of Alfred T. Fellheimer & Steward Wagner, the 1927 Beaux-Arts facade of the Greensboro station features Ionic columns, a full entablature, and a three-story arched entry. Inside, the ticketing area features a vast mural displaying the service area of the Southern Railway system in the 1920s.[5]

Until 1970 the Southern Railway operated the Asheville Special from Asheville and Winston-Salem to Greensboro. Until the 1960s that train had linked with the Augusta Special at Greensboro and had continued to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Until the 1960s the Carolina Special went from Cincinnati to Asheville, through Greensboro, then east to Goldsboro in the eastern part of the state.

Present-day service

The station is served by three Amtrak trains: the Crescent, the Carolinian and the Piedmont. It also serves Greensboro Transit Authority and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation buses and intercity bus companies.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Bus Stops and Facilities - Greensboro, NC". Greensboro Transit Authority / Public Transportation Division. City of Greensboro. Retrieved February 3, 2019. The Depot building was originally built in 1927 by Southern Railway and renovated between 2001 and 2003.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Greensborough Southern Railway Depot (NCDOT Rails)
  5. ^ (Preservation Greensboro) Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine

External links

Media related to Greensboro (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons