The Richmond and West End Railway (R&WER) opened the first station at Richmond on 27 July 1846 as the terminus of its line from Clapham Junction on a site, which later became a goods yard, to the south of the present through platforms and where a multi-storey car park now stands. The Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway (WS&SWR) extended the line westward resiting the station to the west side of The Quadrant, on the extended tracks slightly west of the present through platforms. Both the R&WER and WS&SWR were subsidiary companies of the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR). On 1 June 1877 the District Railway (DR) linked its then terminus at Hammersmith to the nearby L&SWR tracks east of the present Ravenscourt Park station. The DR began running trains over the L&SWR tracks to Richmond. On 1 October 1877, the Metropolitan Railway (MR, now the Metropolitan line) restarted the former GWR service to Richmond via Grove Road station. The DR route from Richmond to central London via Hammersmith was more direct than those of the NLR via Willesden Junction, of the L&SWR and the MR via Grove Road station and of the L&SWR via Clapham Junction to Waterloo. From 1 January 1894, the GWR began sharing the MR Richmond service, resulting in Gunnersbury having the services of five operators.
The station building, in Portland stone and dating from 1937, is in Art Deco style and its facade includes a square clock. The area in front of the station main entrance was pedestrianised in 2013. The station has seven platforms: Platforms 1 and 2 are through platforms for South West Trains services. Platforms 3 to 7 are terminating platforms used by: London Overground services (normally platforms 3 and 4 but sometimes 5, 6 and 7) District line services (normally platforms 5, 6 and 7. Occasionally 4 but never 3 due to 3's lack of a fourth rail, which the District Line uses for electrification). There are 27 steps from Church Road to the main platform area. The station has wi-fi, patphones, lifts, cash machines, boarding ramps and toilets.
Connections: National Rail. London Overground. London Buses route 33, 65, 190, 337, 371, 391, 419, 490, 493, 969, H22, H37, R68, and R70 serves the station, as well as Night Route N22 to Picadilly Circus (or Fullwell).