Baltimore Pennsylvania Station, Baltimore

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Baltimore Pennsylvania Station is the main transportation hub in Baltimore, Maryland. Designed by New York architect Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison, it was constructed in 1911 in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture for the Pennsylvania Railroad. It is located at 1515 N. Charles Street, about a mile and a half north of downtown and the Inner Harbor, between the Mount Vernon neighborhood to the south, and Station North to the north. Originally called Union Station because it served the Pennsylvania Railroad and Western Maryland Railway, it was renamed to match other Pennsylvania Stations in 1928.
The building sits on a raised "island" of sorts between two open trenches, one for the Jones Falls Expressway and the other the tracks of the Northeast Corridor . The NEC approaches from the south through the two-track, 7,660-foot Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, which opened in 1873 and whose 30 mph limit, sharp curves, and steep grades make it one of the NEC's worst bottlenecks. The NEC's northern approach is the 1873 Union Tunnel, which has one single-track bore and one double-track bore.
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  • The station is beautiful, the seating is adequate and right near the tracks. The space is served for passengers only, which prevents them from being hassled by the parasitic beggars that hound their....  more »
  • If you live in Baltimore, you can appreciate the beauty of this old train station. It is the main train station in Baltimore and was designed by New York architect Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison . As I....  more »

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