Rocky Mount station

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Rocky Mount
Helen P Gay Rocky Mount Station (Close-Up).JPG
Front entrance to Rocky Mount Station.
Location 101 Hammond Street
Rocky Mount, NC
Coordinates 35°56′17″N 77°47′52″W / 35.9380°N 77.7977°W / 35.9380; -77.7977Coordinates: 35°56′17″N 77°47′52″W / 35.9380°N 77.7977°W / 35.9380; -77.7977
Owned by City of Rocky Mount
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections Intercity Bus Greyhound
Local Transit Tar River Transit
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code RMT
Opened 1893
Rebuilt 1911-12, 1916, 1997-2000
Passengers (2013) 52,631[1]Decrease 2.1%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Charlotte
toward Savannah
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
toward Miami
Silver Star
  Former services  
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Main Line
toward Lassiter
Lassiter Branch Terminus
Terminus Rocky Mount – Kinston
toward Kinston
Terminus Norfolk Branch
toward Norfolk
Official name Atlantic Coastline Railroad Station
Designated June 19, 1980
Part of Rocky Mount Central City Historic District
Reference no. 80002826, 09000659[2]
Architectural style None Specified

Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, often shortened to Rocky Mount, is an Amtrak train station in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It is served by four passenger trains, the Carolinian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, and Palmetto. The station is located just south of downtown Rocky Mount, and the street address is 101 Hammond Street. In 2010, it was named for Helen P. Gay, a 90-year-old former member of the Rocky Mount City Council who was instrumental in the station's most recent restoration project.[3]


Rocky Mount Station was originally built in 1893 by the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. After the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad bought the W&WR, they rebuilt the station between 1911 and 1912, and again in 1916. During the 1960s ACL built a modern structure within the station to store switches and signal equipment before the railroad was merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Between 1997 and 2000 the station was restored to its early 20th century design features, with additional ADA-compliant platforms and other amenities.[4] The former REA Express freight house is now the home of the Rocky Mount bus depot, which serves Greyhound and Tar River Transit. Two former ACL cars are on display at the freight house; "Stainless Whopper Hopper" #500,000, and the 1902-built "Office Car" #303.[5]

The station is a contributing property to the Rocky Mount Central City Historic District.


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