Birmingham station (Alabama) Article

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Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Depot.jpg
Location1819 Morris Avenue
Birmingham, AL
United States
Coordinates 33°30′44″N 86°48′26″W / 33.51222°N 86.80722°W / 33.51222; -86.80722
BIRMINGHAM STATION (ALABAMA) Latitude and Longitude:

33°30′44″N 86°48′26″W / 33.51222°N 86.80722°W / 33.51222; -86.80722
Owned by CSX Transportation
Line(s) CSXT
Platforms2 island platforms, 1 in use
Tracks2
Construction
ParkingMore than 100 long term spaces in a nearby City of Birmingham lot
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: BHM
History
Opened1960
Previous names1880
Original company Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Traffic
Passengers (2017)42,512 [1]Decrease 0.97%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward  New Orleans
Crescent
toward  New York
  Former services  
toward  Mobile
Gulf BreezeTerminus

Birmingham is a train station in Birmingham, Alabama. It serves Amtrak's Crescent, which provides daily service between New York City, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The current station is located on the site of another station originally built by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1960, although Amtrak did not use the building itself, which was torn down in the 2000s.

History

The L&N built the new station for $500,000, replacing Union Station which it had used since 1887. One writer described this new station as "modern in every respect." [2]:322 When Amtrak assumed control of most inter-city passenger service on May 1, 1971, its Floridian continued to use the L&N station. The Southern Railway, which had declined to join Amtrak, continued to use its own station several blocks to the northeast. On February 1, 1979 the Southern Railway conveyed its passenger service to Amtrak and the Southern Crescent (shortened to Crescent) began serving the ex-L&N station as well. [3]:310 Amtrak discontinued the Floridian in October, 1979 but the Crescent has operated uninterrupted ever since. Between 1989-1995 Alabama funded a Mobile, Alabama section of the Crescent named the Gulf Breeze.

Birmingham plans in 2010 to build a new multimodal station at the site of the 1960s Louiville and Nashville station. It will connect to the current station which will be reconfigured for access to the platforms. [4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheets - State of Alabama, FY 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ Herr, Kincaid A. (1960). The Louisville & Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963. University Press of Kentucky.
  3. ^ Cox, Jim (2011). Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains in the American South. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN  9780786445288. OCLC  609716000.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet FY 2010" (PDF). Amtrak Fact Sheet. Amtrakvice. 2010-12-11.

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