Restoration of Williston Depot Underway

The Williston depot as seen from the westbound Empire Builder on May 23, 2014.

The Williston depot as seen from the westbound Empire Builder on May 23, 2014.

The former Great Northern passenger station in Williston, N.D., is getting a facelift.

Now used by Amtrak’s Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder, the station is being restored as part of a nearly half-million project.

Built by the Great Northern Railroad in 1910, the brick bulding will receive new mortar and washing the brick.

“The snow that lays up against the brick, it eventually erodes on the mortar. So that’s been our biggest job,” said project manager Ron Salazar. “It should look like what it looked like when it was built.”

Phase 1 of depot restoration includes restoring the area above the stone name cap and roofing, which will be complete in about three weeks.

The Williston depot serves more than 51,000 people a year.

Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari said that Phast 2, restoring the lower half of the building, is in the early stages and has not yet gone to bid.

 

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