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
  • Danville District
  • H-Line
Platforms2 island platforms
Bus stands22
Bus operators
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking102 spaces; free
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectAlfred T. Fellheimer
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
Other information
Station codeGRO
Opened1927,[1] reopened 2005
Original companySouthern Railway
Passengers (FY2018)116,469[2][3]Increase 4.75%
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
High Point Crescent Danville
toward New York
High Point
toward Charlotte
Carolinian Burlington
toward New York
Piedmont Burlington
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.


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[edit]

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.



  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. ^ "Greensboro, NC (GRO) - Great American Stations". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Greensborough Southern Railway Depot (NCDOT Rails)
  5. ^ (Preservation Greensboro) Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

Media related to Greensboro (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons