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Kensington (MARC station)

For other places with the same name, see Kensington station (disambiguation).
Kensington
MARC commuter rail station
Station statistics
Address 10417 Howard Avenue
Kensington, Maryland
United States
Line(s)
Connections Ride On
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes, 48 free spaces
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Opened 1891 (B&O)
Accessible
Owned by MARC
Services
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Brunswick Line
    Former services    
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
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toward Template:B&O stations
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Metropolitan
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toward Template:B&O stations
Kensington Railroad Station
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Kensington (MARC station)
Location Kensington, Maryland, USA
Coordinates

39°1′36.4″N 77°4′18.5″W / 39.026778°N 77.071806°W / 39.026778; -77.071806Coordinates: 39°1′36.4″N 77°4′18.5″W / 39.026778°N 77.071806°W / 39.026778; -77.071806

Architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Private
Part of Kensington Historic District (#80001827)
Added to NRHP September 14, 1980[1]

Kensington Station is a railroad passenger station located at 10417 Howard Avenue in Kensington, Maryland, United States. It was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O).

Kensington Station is currently served by MARC commuter trains operating on the Brunswick Line. There are fifteen weekday scheduled stops at Kensington Station and one flag stop on Fridays.

CSX Transportation, the owners of the railway line, operate frequent freight service over the line. Amtrak's Capitol Limited previously served the station, and have since dropped the stop from its timetables.

Station house

The Kensington Station has a former B&O station master's house. The building is open during the Kensington Farmers Market, which is held in the station parking lot. Inside there is an old stove, waiting area, and restrooms. Tickets can be purchased from a self-service machine. During the Kensington Labor Day Parade, CSX Transportation, which currently owns the railroad line, offers free souvenirs. There is also a small model train layout. The platform is a low level concrete platform. On the other side there is a covered waiting area and some benches. Elaborate safety measures can be found on the crosswalk between the platforms leading to the station entrance that include crossbuck signs with warning bells, highway signs, and pedestrian signals.[2]

History

The B&O completed construction of the Metropolitan Branch through Montgomery County in 1873.[3]:7 The line connected Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland and points west.

Initially the settlement around the railroad line was known as Knowles Station. The town was incorporated in 1894 and was named Kensington at that time. The B&O station was designed by architect Ephraim Francis Baldwin and opened in 1891.[3]:32–33 [4] From 1893 to 1935, the station was used as a terminal for the Kensington Electric Railway and offered passenger service to Chevy Chase, Maryland. The station is a contributing property to the Kensington Historic District.

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See also

References

Further reading

  • "Kensington" at Maryland Municipal League
  • Town of Kensington - "History of Our Town"

External links

  • Kensington Historical Society photo of B&O Railroad station
  • MARC services map
  • MARC Brunswick Line schedule
  • MARC stations list
  • Ride-On Bus Service - official site
  • Station from Google Maps Street View
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