Our Story

The History of Main Street Station

Our story starts in 1901. Railroad stations were a declaration — a statement to the world of a city’s worth. Philadelphia firm Wilson, Harris and Richards created a grand metropolitan milestone in the Second Renaissance Revival Style, right in the heart of Richmond, Virginia.

Richmond-Times Dispatch

1901 Main Street Station is completed.

1920s 20+ trains arrive daily at Main Street Station.

Courtesy of VDOT

1958 Interstate 95 was completed through the Richmond area.

Richmond-Times Dispatch

1972 Hurricane Agnes hit, and caused the James River to flood Main Street Station. The damage was so severe that Richmond moved its Amtrak service to Staples Mill Road in Henrico in 1975.

Richmond-Times Dispatch

1976 Main Street Station was damaged by fire.

1983 Main Street Station was damaged by fire again.

2003 Rail service returned to Main Street Station.

2007 The Plaza at Main Street Station opened.

2018 Main Street Station thrives as an active train station and one of the most important venues in Greater Richmond, with the addition of the Shed and a $90 million transformation.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA’S ARRIVAL
POINT IS RIGHT DOWNTOWN.

WHERE WE ARE