Train service begins at new Raleigh station

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The first train to use the new Raleigh Union Station, Piedmont No. 73, arrives at the station prior to its 6:30 a.m. departure on Tuesday. The previous Raleigh station is visible at right.
William A. Allen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Amtrak began serving Raleigh Union Station with Tuesday morning’s first scheduled Piedmont, ending a series of delays in opening the $87 million facility. [See  “Raleigh station opening delayed again,” Trains News Wire, June 29, 2018.]

The station was originally slated to open in 2017, and had planned openings in May and June of this year pushed back, most recently for work to correct a problem with platforms at the new facility. It replaces a facility built by the Southern Railway in 1950.

The station is served by three daily round trips of the Piedmont, as well as the Carolinian and Silver Star.

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