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Raleigh Amtrak Station, October 2017

Raleigh Amtrak Station, October 2017

Happy New Year all!

Shown above is a photo of the Raleigh Amtrak Station in October 2017. I show this because the Triangle Business Journal had an article stating that once our new train station, Raleigh Union Station, opens this year the former station will be demolished.

Perhaps the archivists, including myself, need to get down there to photograph the station before it’s cleared.

The North Carolina Railroad Company, owners of the building and nearby property, have not announced any firm plans yet for that area. Your guess is as good as mine but I’m betting on a more functional use such as surface parking for train-related or utility-type vehicles. (at least for the foreseeable future)

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  1. Thanks for the post, Leo! This Amtrak station will always hold fond memories for me. My Mom & Dad traveled from Florida to Raleigh to visit my family often during the 90s and I’d always pick them up at this station. The station was always bare-boned on amenities and parking but was the location of joyous arrivals and tearful departures for many of my parent’s visits. I’m sad to see it go but I’m sure the new station will bring others great memories, too!

  2. Would it not be cool to take a high quality photo, make a vector of it, and etch it on a clear glass pane and mount it at the same angle as where the photo was taken? So as a reminder of the past as people walk by.

  3. On that note, someone has mentioned that the Cargill site is now being actively dismantled. Can anyone confirm this? Is it just a simple teardown for environment concerns or development? Either way please don’t be a shitty apartment complex, please don’t be a shitty apartment complex.

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