Rocky Mount station

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Rocky Mount, NC
Amtrak inter-city rail station
RMT Train Station, Inside, March 2018.jpg
Front lobby of the Rocky Mount station.
Location101 Hammond Street
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
United States
Coordinates35°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 byCity of Rocky Mount
Line(s)North End Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
Bus routes8
Bus stands7
Bus operators
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking35 spaces; free
Bicycle facilitiesBicycle racks
Disabled accessYes
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
Other information
Station codeRMT (Amtrak)
History
Opened1893
Rebuilt1911-12, 1916, 1997-2000
Original companyWilmington and Weldon Railroad
Traffic
Passengers (2017)52,343[1][2]Decrease 2.9%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Wilson
toward Charlotte
Carolinian Petersburg
toward New York
Wilson
toward Savannah
Palmetto
Fayetteville
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Raleigh
toward Miami
Silver Star
Former services
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
South Rocky Mount
toward Tampa
Main Line Battleboro
toward Richmond
Nashville
toward Lassiter
Lassiter Branch Terminus
Terminus Rocky Mount – Kinston Tarboro
toward Kinston
Norfolk Branch Tarboro
toward Norfolk
Official nameAtlantic Coastline Railroad Station
DesignatedJune 19, 1980
Part ofRocky Mount Central City H.D.
Reference no.80002826, 09000659[3]
Architectural styleNone Specified

Rocky Mount, officially the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, 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.

History[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Former ACL office car #303 is on display next to the station.[6] Former ACL "Whopper Hopper" 500000 that had been on display at the station was donated to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in 2018.[7]

Services[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of North Carolina" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Rocky Mount Station Improvements (NCDOT Rail)
  5. ^ Cooper, Geoffrey (March 22, 2010). "Community celebrates Helen Gay's birthday". Rocky Mount Telegram.
  6. ^ Pictures of ACL 303 (RR Picture Archives)
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Rocky Mount, North Carolina Train Station (RMT) - Amtrak". Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tar River Transit: General Service Information". Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rocky Mount NC Bus Station - Greyhound". Retrieved April 28, 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rocky Mount (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons