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Randolph, VT
Randolph vt depot.jpg
LocationSouth Main & Salisbury Streets
Depot Square
Randolph, VT 05060
Owned byRandolph Depot Restaurant
Line(s) New England Central Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeRPH
Traffic
Passengers (FY2017)1,833 [1]Decrease 5.5%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Vermonter
toward  St. Albans
Central Vermond Railroad Station
(Randolph, Vermont)
Randolph station (Vermont) is located in Vermont
Randolph station (Vermont)
Randolph station (Vermont) is located in the US
Randolph station (Vermont)
LocationSouth Main & Salisbury Streets
Depot Square
Randolph, Vermont
Coordinates 43°55′22″N 72°39′57″W / 43.92278°N 72.66583°W / 43.92278; -72.66583
RANDOLPH STATION Latitude and Longitude:

43°55′22″N 72°39′57″W / 43.92278°N 72.66583°W / 43.92278; -72.66583
Area12 acres (4.9 ha)
Built1877
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Late Victorian, Second Empire
Part of Depot Square Historic District ( #75000143 [2])
Designated CPMay 29, 1975

Randolph is an Amtrak train station in Randolph, Vermont, United States. The only train that serves the station is the Vermonter, which operates between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C. [3] The station also contains a local restaurant. On the other side of the tracks is the depot for a private bus company, Randolph Stagecoach Transportation, [4] essentially creating an unofficial intermodal transportation center. However, the schedules of the two systems are not aligned in any way.

History

The station, circa 1915

Railway service in Randolph can be traced as far back as 1843 when the Vermont Central Railroad was chartered to build a line along the Connecticut River to Lake Champlain, which was to include service in the city. The original station wasn't built until 1848 though, and by that time the VCRR was acquired by the Central Vermont Railway. By the late-1870s (although signs on the depot suggest 1881), Central Vermont moved the original depot and built a new one, converting the VCRR station into a freight house. When Central Vermont was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1896, the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway bought the railroad and the station out and kept it afloat throughout most of the 20th Century.

Both passenger and freight service ended in Randolph in 1966. However a dedicated group of volunteers vowed to restore the stations and the surrounding area, even converting the second station into a café and restaurant.

Randolph Station became the centerpiece of and has been a contributing property to the Depot Square Historic District since 1975. In the 1990s local leaders began lobbying Amtrak to make Randolph a new railroad stop, even going so far as to rebuild the original VCRR freight depot into a bus depot for Randolph Stagecoach Transportation. Thirty years after the last Central Vermont train stopped in Randolph, Amtrak began using the station as a stop on the Vermonter, and has maintained that service ever since.

References

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Vermont" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "Randolph Vermont (RPH)". TrainWeb. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  4. ^ Existing Railroad Stations in Orange County, Vermont

External links

Media related to Randolph (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons