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Broad Street Station (originally Union Station) was a union railroad station in Richmond, Virginia, United States, across Broad Street from the Fan district.

Broad Street Station
Former Atlantic Coast Line and Amtrak station
Richmond Science Museum.jpg
The Science Museum of Virginia currently occupies the old Broad Street Station building
Location2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220[1]
 United States
Coordinates37°33′40″N 77°27′57″W / 37.561111°N 77.465833°W / 37.561111; -77.465833
Tracks3 (remaining)
History
Opened1917
Closed1975 (for passenger rail service)
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Petersburg
toward Miami
Silver Meteor Fredericksburg
toward New York
Silver Star
Petersburg Champion
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Falling Creek
toward Tampa
Main Line Terminus
Broad Street Station
Broad Street Station (Richmond) is located in Virginia
Broad Street Station (Richmond)
Broad Street Station (Richmond) is located in the United States
Broad Street Station (Richmond)
LocationRichmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°33′40″N 77°27′57″W / 37.56111°N 77.46583°W / 37.56111; -77.46583Coordinates: 37°33′40″N 77°27′57″W / 37.56111°N 77.46583°W / 37.56111; -77.46583
Built1919
ArchitectJohn Russell Pope
Architectural styleOther
NRHP reference #72001518[2]
VLR #127-0226
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 23, 1972
Designated VLRNovember 16, 1971[3]

HistoryEdit

 
The Silver Comet, and The Silver Star at left at Broad Street Station on March 9, 1969

It was built as the southern terminus for the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P) in 1917 in the neoclassical style by the architect John Russell Pope. The station also served the trains of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) and Norfolk and Western Railway (N&W). Eventually, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL), which had formerly used Richmond's other union station, Main Street Station, switched to Broad Street Station.

In the 1970s, the station was also served by Amtrak's Champion, Silver Meteor, and Silver Star (all inherited from the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, successor to ACL and SAL), [4] and the Southern Railway's Asheville Special. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972.

Passenger service to the station ceased in 1975, when Amtrak consolidated all Richmond-area service at a suburban station on Staples Mill Road, north of downtown. By 1976, Broad Street Station became the new home of the Science Museum of Virginia, which remains in the substantially remodeled and expanded building.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All-American Schedules". timetables.org. Amtrak. 29 Apr 1973. p. 8. Retrieved 12 Jan 2014.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". www.dhr.virginia.gov. Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 19 Mar 2013.
  4. ^ "All-American Schedules". timetables.org. Amtrak. 15 Nov 1974. pp. 38–39. Retrieved 12 Jan 2014.