Petersburg, VA (PTB)

Located a few blocks west of the Virginia State University campus, the station is a good example of Mid-Century Modern architecture.

3516 South Street
Ettrick Station
Petersburg, VA 23803

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (FY 2017): $1,887,479
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 30,801
  • Facility Ownership: CSXT
  • Parking Lot Ownership: CSXT
  • Platform Ownership: CSXT
  • Track Ownership: CSXT

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

The Petersburg rail station, a one-story brick building, was constructed in 1955 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and is located near the Appomattox River. CSX leases the southern portion of the station to Amtrak and the northern area is unoccupied.

In the late 1980s, the station saw a few minor renovations, including an expanded waiting room, new floors and furniture and the removal of an interior wall. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has plans for a high-speed rail service utilizing a corridor connecting Richmond and the South Hampton Roads. One possible route for the corridor is the CSX route through Petersburg. If the Petersburg station is chosen as a station on the high-speed rail system, major improvements to the existing station would most likely be necessary. These may include acquiring additional property for expansion of the station, parking and supporting facilities.

The city of Petersburg’s roots are embedded in its routes. Originally a Powhattan settlement, people came over from England and settled at Fort Henry. Petersburg grew out of the expansion of Fort Henry. The Port of Petersburg drew many merchants, as it was a major hub for commercial transportation and processing of goods.

As travel technology developed, Petersburg grew as a railroad crossroads, with lines linking the city to all four compass directions. The South Side Railroad to the west was an important Confederate resource, used as a supply line during the Civil War.

Fort Lee and the Pamplin Historical Park are both about eight miles from the station.

Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station which is served by ten daily trains.

Northeast Regional service within Virginia is funded in part through grants made available by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Station Building (with waiting room)


  • Payphones
  • Quik-Trak kiosks not available
  • Ticket sales office
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel allowed
  • Vending Machines


  • Amtrak Express shipping available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • Checked baggage storage available
  • Bike boxes for sale
  • Baggage carts available
  • Ski bags not available
  • Bag storage available with Fee
  • Shipping Boxes for sale
  • Baggage assistance provided by Station Staff


  • Dedicated accessible parking available
  • Parking available
  • 15 short-term parking spaces
  • 50 long-term parking spaces


  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Dedicated accessible parking available
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available
  • Hours

    Station Hours
    Mon07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Tue07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Wed07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Thu07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Fri07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sat07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sun07:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Tue07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Wed07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Thu07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Fri07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Sat07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Sun07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Passenger Assistance Hours
    Mon07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Tue07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Wed07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Thu07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Fri07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Sat07:00 am - 10:30 pm
    Sun07:00 am - 10:30 pm