Cincinnati, OH

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The Cincinnati Amtrak Station is located in the hold historic Union Terminal, an art deco masterpiece opened in 1933, that now mostly serves has the Cincinnati Museum Center. The station was one of the last Union Stations open and is a mile north of downtown. Amtrak actually moved out of the station soon after its founding in 1972 to a new and now demolished, much smaller Riverfront Station. The terminal had its long passenger concourse removed in the 1970s shortly after to make room for Southern Railways Double-Stacks to pass through the station. From 1978-1984 the Mall of Oz, a Shopping Center existed in the Station but failed. Finally in 1990 it reopened as the Cincinnati Museum Center and houses 3 different museums, the Museum of Natural History and Science, the Cincinnati History Museum. Tower A that formerly controlled the large railroad yard is still opened to the public and can be visited. In 1991 the Cardinal returned and Amtrak has its own decent sized restored art deco waiting room but with boring maroon vinyl chairs and a ticket office (with luggage services) open every night but Monday night through Tuesday morning (when no Cardinal passes through) from 11:00pm to 6:30am. To access trains a long nondescript enclosed walkway leads across from the Amtrak portion of the depot to a landing where there are a few more chairs and a ramp (primarily for the luggage cart), staircase and elevator down to a single track level platform (with just a yellow line) right alongside the historic depot. The stop is listed as ADA compliant so there must be a wheelchair lift somewhere along the platform for boarding. Portions of the platform away from the depot just have a chain-linked fence
Source: Amtrak has compiled an interesting history of the station's 3 lives in a case study for Great American Stations.
All photos taken on 6 November, 2011

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Stepping off the early (due to Daylight Savings Time ending) Cardinal
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The open door at the staircase into the station
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Looking down the staircase towards the platform entrance
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The wing of Union Terminal that serves as the Amtrak waiting room
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Since the train is in the station and their is just one agent the ticket office is closed
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Looking out from the Amtrak waiting room to one of the halls of Union Terminal now used as a museum
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A sign for the Amtrak passenger station in the main central rotunda
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This non-descript walkway leads from the historic portion of the station to the platform
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A sign saying the train has arrived and to walk to it where the agent can be found dealing with the luggage
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The main staircase to the train platform and the baggage ramp beyond
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A few additional seats by the actual platform entrance
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Looking down the long ramp to the platform designed to be used by baggage carts
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An old pointless arrow Cincinnati, Oh sign
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Passengers board the Cardinal stopped at Cincinnati
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Last Updated: 11 November, 2011
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