Kensington station (Maryland)

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MARC train.svg
MARC commuter rail station
Kensington MD B&O station 2009.jpg
Location 10417 Howard Avenue
Kensington, Maryland
United States
Owned by MARC
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Ride On
Parking Yes, 48 free spaces
Bicycle facilities No
Disabled access No
Opened 1891 (B&O)
Passengers (2013) 186 (MARC)
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Brunswick Line
  Former services  
Baltimore and Ohio
Main Line
Kensington Railroad Station
Kensington station (Maryland) is located in Maryland
Kensington station (Maryland)
Kensington station (Maryland) is located in the US
Kensington station (Maryland)
Location Kensington, Maryland, USA
Coordinates 39°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
Architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin
Architectural style Late Victorian
Part of Kensington Historic District (#80001827)
Added to NRHP September 14, 1980[1]

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]

The 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.[2]

G Side platform, doors will open on the right
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, doors will open on the right
Ground level Exit/entrance, ticket machines, parking


The B&O completed construction of the Metropolitan Branch through Montgomery County in 1873.[3]: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.[3]:32–33 [4] 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.


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  1. ^ National Register of Historic Places Listings; September 14, 1980
  2. ^ Flickr photo by John Mueller
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Traceries and Preservation Associates (1992). Vision of Kensington: A Long-Range Preservation Plan (PDF) (Report). Montgomery County Council, Rockville, MD.  p. 14.

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