Kensington station (Maryland)

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MARC commuter rail station
Kensington MD B&O station 2009.jpg
General information
Location3701 Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland[1]
Owned byMARC
Line(s)Metropolitan Subdivision
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsRide On
ParkingYes, 48 free spaces
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Disabled accessNo
Opened1891 (B&O)
2018210 daily[2]Steady 0% (MARC)
Preceding station MARC Following station
Garrett Park Brunswick Line Silver Spring
Former services
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
Garrett Park
toward Chicago
Main Line Silver Spring
Capitol View
Kensington Railroad Station
Kensington station (Maryland) is located in Maryland
Kensington station (Maryland)
Kensington station (Maryland) is located in the United States
Kensington station (Maryland)
LocationKensington, Maryland, USA
Coordinates39°1′36.4″N 77°4′18.5″W / 39.026778°N 77.071806°W / 39.026778; -77.071806Coordinates: 39°1′36.4″N 77°4′18.5″W / 39.026778°N 77.071806°W / 39.026778; -77.071806
ArchitectEphraim Francis Baldwin
Architectural styleLate Victorian
Part ofKensington Historic District (ID80001827)
Added to NRHPSeptember 14, 1980[3]

Kensington is a passenger railroad station located at 10417 Howard Avenue in Kensington, Maryland, United States. Built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), the Kensington station is currently served by MARC Train's Brunswick Line. There are fifteen weekday scheduled stops at Kensington, as well as one flag stop scheduling on Fridays.

Station layout[edit]

Kensington station has a former B&O station master's house. The building is open during the Kensington Farmers Market, which is held in the station parking lot. Inside there is an old stove, waiting area, and restrooms. Tickets can be purchased from a self-service machine. During the Kensington Labor Day Parade, CSX Transportation, which currently owns the railroad line, offers free souvenirs. There is also a small model train layout. The platform is a low level concrete platform. On the other side there is a covered waiting area and some benches. Elaborate safety measures can be found on the crosswalk between the platforms leading to the station entrance that include crossbuck signs with warning bells, highway signs, and pedestrian signals.[4] The station is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, lacking raised platforms for level boarding.

Platform level
Street level North exit/entrance, parking
Side platform
Outbound      Brunswick Line toward Martinsburg or Frederick (Garrett Park)
     Capitol Limited does not stop here
Inbound      Capitol Limited does not stop here →
     Brunswick Line toward Union Station (Silver Spring)
Side platform
Street level South exit/entrance, buses, parking


The B&O completed construction of the Metropolitan Branch through Montgomery County in 1873.[5]: 7  The line connected Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland and points west.

Initially the settlement around the railroad line was known as Knowles Station. The town was incorporated in 1894 and was named Kensington at that time. The B&O station was designed by architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin and opened in 1891.[5]: 32–33  [6] From 1893 to 1935, the station was used as a terminal for the Kensington Electric Railway and offered passenger service to Chevy Chase, Maryland. The station is a contributing property to the Kensington Historic District.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MARC Station Information". MTA Maryland. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "December 2018 MARC performance (for Nov 18) - Ridership" (PDF). Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places Listings; September 14, 1980
  4. ^ Flickr photo by John Mueller
  5. ^ a b Soderberg, Susan C. (1998). The Met: A History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad, Its Stations and Towns. Germantown, MD: Germantown Historical Society.
  6. ^ Traceries and Preservation Associates (1992). Vision of Kensington: A Long-Range Preservation Plan (PDF) (Report). Montgomery County Council, Rockville, MD. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-11-12. p. 14.

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