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Laurel station (MARC)

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Line(s)  Camden Line
Parking  396 spaces
Opened  1884
Added to NRHP  30 March 1973
Architect  Ephraim Francis Baldwin
Platforms  2 side platforms
Bicycle facilities  Yes; 10 lockers
Area  2 ha
Tracks  2
Laurel station (MARC)
Location  22 Main Street Laurel, MD 20707
Connections  RTA 409 Second & Main Sts.
Address  Laurel, MD 20707, United States
Architectural style  Queen Anne style architecture
Similar  Laurel Race Track station, Muirkirk station, St Denis station, Riverdale station, Jessup station

Laurel is a historic passenger rail station on the MARC Camden Line in Laurel, Maryland, between Union Station in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore's Camden Station.

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Station

The Laurel Railroad Station was originally constructed in 1884 for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad along the railroad's Washington Branch, about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The architect was E. Francis Baldwin. The structure is constructed of brick, and is one and a half stories, modified rectangle in form with overhanging gabled and hipped roof sections with brackets and terra cotta cresting, and an interior chimney. There is a louvered lunette in one gable, stick work in another, and fish-scale shingling under truncated hipped section; shed shelter, segmental arched openings. It is Queen Anne in style. It is nearly identical in plan and dimensions to the Gaithersburg, Maryland station Baldwin designed, also built in 1884, although the rooflines and settings are quite different.

Laurel station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, (although one source claims it was 1972) and was reopened into a MARC station when the Camden Line was established.

A fire gutted the interior of the station, and damaged its roof and brick walls, in January 1992.

Laurel station is in the process of having its platforms rebuilt as part of a stimulus funding program announced by Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Martin O'Malley at the station in February 2009.

Bicycle facilities

Ten bicycle lockers are available for rent at the station. The price for renting a locker was $70 per year as of January 2013, plus a $25 refundable security deposit. Lockers are not for short term use. The MTA Office of Customer Information (410-767-8749) is the point of contact for inquiries.

References

Laurel station (MARC) Wikipedia


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