J. Douglas Galyon Depot

J. Douglas Galyon Depot,[1] also known as Greensboro station, is an intermodal transit facility in Greensboro, North Carolina. Located at 236 East Washington Street in downtown Greensboro, it serves Amtrak passenger rail and is the city's main hub for local and intercity buses.

J. Douglas Galyon Depot
Greensboro, NC
GRO Amtrak Station Outside.JPG
General information
Location236 East Washington Street[1]
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
Coordinates36°04′10″N 79°47′14″W / 36.06944°N 79.78722°W / 36.06944; -79.78722Coordinates: 36°04′10″N 79°47′14″W / 36.06944°N 79.78722°W / 36.06944; -79.78722
Owned byCity of Greensboro
  • Danville District
  • H-Line
Platforms2 island platforms
Bus stands22
Bus operators
  • Bus interchange PART
  • Bus interchange Sunway Charters
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking102 spaces; free
ArchitectAlfred T. Fellheimer
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: GRO
Opened1927,[1] reopened 2005
Original companySouthern Railway
FY 202166,808[2] (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
High Point Crescent Danville
toward New York
High Point
toward Charlotte
Carolinian Burlington
toward New York
Piedmont Burlington
toward Raleigh
Former services
Preceding station Southern Railway Following station
toward Birmingham
Main Line Brown's Summit
Pomona North WilkesboroMorehead City McLeansburg
Battle Ground
toward Mount Airy
Mount AirySanford Pleasant Garden
toward Sanford

The station was built in 1927. Train service was moved to a new building outside downtown in 1979. The historic station was renovated and reopened as a transit center in 2005.


The station was originally built in 1927 as the Greensboro Southern Railway Depot. It was a replacement for an 1899 Southern Railway Depot that still exists today, albeit without the gabled-third story and cupola it had in the past. The 1927 depot was donated to the city in 1978, a year before the Southern Railroad finally gave up passenger service.

Efforts to return service to the old station began in 1993. It was heavily renovated from 2001 to 2005, and reopened to the public on October 1, 2005.[3] The restored station was named for James Douglas "Doug" Galyon (1930-2019), a longtime civic leader in Greensboro who was a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation from 1992 to 2008, serving for most of that time as the board's chairman.[4]

Designed by the New York architectural firm of Alfred T. Fellheimer & Steward Wagner, the 1927 Beaux-Arts facade of the Greensboro station features Ionic columns, a full entablature, and a three-story arched entry. Inside, the ticketing area features a vast mural displaying the service area of the Southern Railway system in the 1920s.[5]

Until 1970 the Southern Railway operated the Asheville Special from Asheville and Winston-Salem to Greensboro. Until the 1960s that train had linked with the Augusta Special at Greensboro and had continued to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Until the 1960s the Carolina Special went from Cincinnati to Asheville, with the North Carolina branch of the train going to Greensboro. Until 1953 or 1954 the Carolina Special went further east to Goldsboro in the eastern part of the state.

Former Amtrak stationEdit

Open in 1979, the station was located along Oakland Avenue, at the Pomona freight yard, in a facility owned by Southern Railway (later becoming Norfolk Southern Railway in 1982). The building was split with passenger service, operated by Amtrak, and freight service that included a control tower for the yard. It had one side platform and a fence that separated it from the short-term (30 minutes) parking area for passengers. The station was closed in 2005 when Amtrak moved passenger operations back to downtown Greensboro. The station half of the building was afterwards converted as a police station for the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department.[6][7]


The train station (lower level) is operated by Amtrak, providing inter-city rail service via three routes: Crescent, Carolinian and Piedmont. The station is open 24-hours and includes a ticket office, passenger assistance, baggage service and waiting area.[8]

The transit center (upper level) is shared between the Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) and Greyhound Lines. Both operators have their own tickets/information and waiting areas, with GTA operating daily at scheduled times and Greyhound operating 24-hours. Outside, there are 22 bus bays, 18 dedicated to GTA and four to Greyhound Lines. Bus connections from other operators include the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and Sunway Charters.[9][10][11][12]

The facility also has two tenants: Carolina Blues Coffee & Bagels and the DMV Express Office; both located on the lower level.

Station layoutEdit

The station has two levels identified as lower level and upper level, with a total space of 73,153 square feet (6,796.1 m2).[13]

Station layout
UL Upper Level Transit Center (GTA and Greyhound)
LL Lower Level Entrance/Exit, ticketing, waiting area, parking,
lunch room (Carolina Blues), and DMV Express Office
Tunnel To platforms 1 and 2
P Track 2      Crescent toward New Orleans (High Point)
Island platform (Platform 1)  
Track 1      Crescent toward New York (Danville)
Track 2      Carolinian,      Piedmont toward Charlotte (High Point)
Island platform (Platform 2)  
Track 1      Carolinian toward New York (Burlington)
     Piedmont toward Raleigh (Burlington)



  1. ^ a b c d "Bus Stops and Facilities - Greensboro, NC". Greensboro Transit Authority / Public Transportation Division. City of Greensboro. Retrieved February 3, 2019. The Depot building was originally built in 1927 by Southern Railway and renovated between 2001 and 2003.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2021: State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. August 2022. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  3. ^ Station information page at former NCDOT Rail Division site
  4. ^ Taft Wireback (April 8, 2019). "Former local, state leader Doug Galyon, for whom Greensboro's depot is named, has died". Greensboro News & Record.
  5. ^ (Preservation Greensboro) Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Schlosser, Jim (January 9, 1994). "Train Depot to be Restored". News & Record. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  7. ^ "Amtrak - Greensboro, NC (GRO)". TrainWeb.org. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  8. ^ "Greensboro, NC (GRO)". Great American Stations. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  9. ^ "Routes". City of Greensboro. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  10. ^ "Routes & Schedules". Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  11. ^ "Greensboro Bus Stop in Greensboro, North Carolina". Greyhound Lines. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  12. ^ "Mountaineer East/West" (PDF). Sunway Charters. December 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  13. ^ "Greensboro's Gateway: J. Douglas Galyon Depot". Prezi. November 20, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2023.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Greensboro (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons