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, North Carolina
United States
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
Line(s) North End Subdivision
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Bus routes 8
Bus stands 7
Bus operators
Structure type At-grade
Parking 35 spaces; free
Bicycle facilities Bicycle racks
Disabled access Yes
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Other information
Station code RMT (Amtrak)
Opened 1893
Rebuilt 1911-12, 1916, 1997-2000
Original company Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
Passengers (2013) 52,631[1]Decrease 2.1%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Charlotte
toward New York
toward Savannah
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
toward Miami
Silver Star
Former services
Preceding station   Atlantic Coast Line Railroad   Following station
Main Line
toward Lassiter
Lassiter BranchTerminus
TerminusRocky Mount – Kinston
toward Kinston
TerminusNorfolk 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 intermodal transit station in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States. Its main building serves as an Amtrak train station, while an adjacent building serves as the bus terminus for the Tar River Transit and as a Greyhound stop. The station is located just south of downtown Rocky Mount and is part of the Rocky Mount Central City Historic District.


Rocky Mount station was originally built in 1893 by the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, in dark red brick Romanesque Revivial style. 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.

In 1995, the 2.23-acre (0.90 ha) property, which included the station and a former REA Express freight house (c. 1930), was sold to the City of Rocky Mount. Between 1997 and 2000, the station was restored to its early 20th century design features, with additional ADA-compliant platforms and other amenities.[3] The freight house was converted into a bus terminal for the Tar River Transit and Greyhound stop. In 2010, the station was named after Helen P. Gay, a former member of the Rocky Mount City Council who was instrumental in the station's restoration project.[4]

Two former ACL cars are on display at the freight house; the "Stainless Whopper Hopper" #500,000, and the 1902-built "Office Car" #303.[5]


The train station, operated by Amtrak, provides inter-city rail service via four routes: Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Meteor and Silver Star. The facility is open 24-hours, which includes the ticket office, passenger assistance, baggage service and the waiting area.[6]

The bus terminal, operated by Tar River Transit, provides eight bus routes that operate Monday-Friday at 6:45am-6:45pm and Saturday at 9:15am-5:45pm, closed on Sunday.[7] Greyhound operate, including package express and ticket office, Monday-Friday at 7:30am-1:30pm, 3:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday at 7:30am-12:00pm.[8]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rocky Mount Station Improvements (NCDOT Rail)
  4. ^ Cooper, Geoffrey (March 22, 2010). "Community celebrates Helen Gay's birthday". Rocky Mount Telegram. 
  5. ^ Pictures of ACL 303 (RR Picture Archives)
  6. ^ "Rocky Mount, North Carolina Train Station (RMT) - Amtrak". Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Tar River Transit: General Service Information". Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Rocky Mount NC Bus Station - Greyhound". Retrieved April 28, 2018. 

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