Winston-Salem Hopes to See Amtrak Some Day

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has a restored railroad station that is ready to accommodate Amtrak if the state can be persuaded to extend its service there.

The closest that Amtrak comes to Winston-Salem is Greensboro, which is 30 miles to the east.

Greensboro is severed by the state-funded Piedmonts and Carolinian, as well as the New York-New Orleans Crescent.

There has been some discussion to extend the state-funded service to Winston-Salem in order to serve Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

In the meantime the city is poised to celebrate the completion of an $11 million restoration of the Union Station that was built in 1926 to serve the Southern Railway, Norfolk & Western, and the Winston-Salem Southbound.

The station once served 20 trains a day, but last saw scheduled passenger service on June 15.

For 37 years the station was the home of an auto repair shop. However, much of the station’s interior remained intact during that time, including the flooring survived intact and several lighting fixtures.

The city purchased the former station in 2012 and plans to use some of it for its own offices. There are plans to lease space to tenants on the main level and make the large waiting room available for banquets and other events.

An open-window balcony overlooking the former concourse will serve as a railfan viewing area of Norfolk Southern tracks.

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