09/24/10 170 W, 2 I - + 6 - 8 Raleigh Moves Forward on Union Station Proposal

This week the Raleigh City Council voted to move forward the proposed Union Station, e.g. a multi-modal transit center, which would be a transportation hub located on South West Street between West Morgan and West Martin streets. It would connect CAT buses, Triangle Transit buses, Greyhound buses, Amtrak trains, and future rail services. Next step is negotiating an interlocal agreement with Triangle Transit. Read the press release, and see this project web page, which has nifty documents and diagrams on the right side of the web page. (With the city's new web design, you have to look on the right-side navigation area to find things some times. Not exactly intuitive.)


Union Station, as we have blogged about before, is the old train station that was located in the building that's beside Fire Station 1. Check out this old photo that's included in the final report, showing the track-side of the structure. That's Nash Square in the background. Click to enlarge:

Hmm…so this is facing East looking over St 1 towards Nash Square?? I assume those track leading to the building are since gone, but the ones headed North are still there? Mike, I’m quite amazing how you can pick apart these old photographs and make sense of how they relate to present-day surroundings. Very interesting!
CJ - 09/24/10 - 20:32

That photo is from 1940, I believe. Station 1 hadn’t been built yet. The tracks leading into the station are nearly entirely gone, though there are a couple rails still in the pavement over there today! Don’t remember which street.
Legeros - 09/24/10 - 22:09

The tracks running into the station are parallel to Martin Street. On the right the old bridge from Boylan Ave to Martin Street. Most of the buildings in the photo are still standing. The tall building, The Professional Bldg. top left. ca1927. The cone shaped roof in the center is the Park Hotel, now parking for N&O corner of McDowell and Martin. You can see the top of the Old Post Office just to the right. According to tax property maps, the fire station was built in 1952 and Union Station 1892 (wikipedia says 1890). The Capital Feed building is still there. I think the photo may be from later than 1940, perhaps the middle of the decade. It is difficult to see, but doesn’t look like there are any “post war” cars in the lot.
Larry - 05/27/11 - 22:37

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