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Norfolk Terminal Station

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Norfolk Terminal Station

Norfolk Terminal Station was a railroad union station located in Norfolk, Virginia, which served passenger trains and provided offices for the Norfolk and Western Railway, the original Norfolk Southern Railway (a regional carrier in Virginia and North Carolina which became part of and later lent its name to the much larger company known as Norfolk Southern in the 1980s) and the Virginian Railway.

Norfolk Terminal Station was built following destruction by fire of the large wooden N&W passenger station on October 13, 1909. After a sharing agreement was reached and a terminal operating company were formed, the new brick building was opened in 1912. Offices of all three tenant railroads occupied the upper floors, with passenger facilities at the ground level. The General Offices of the Virginian Railway occupied the top three floors whereas N&W General Offices were located in Roanoke, Virginia.

With the decline of passenger rail travel, and the merger of the Virginian Railway into the Norfolk and Western in 1959, the building became largely unneeded and was later demolished in the early 1960s. A contract for the demolition of the Terminal Building and Union Station was awarded by the N&W Railway to the ABC Demolition Corp., of Arlington, Virginia, it was announced on January 30, 1963. The price of the job was not announced.[1]


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