Posts Tagged ‘train depots’

Early Morning and a Late Lake Shore Limited

August 2, 2019

The sun is slowly climbing over Olmsted Falls, Ohio, as a very late Lake Shore Limited scoots toward Chicago.

Under normal circumstances Train No. 49 would have passed here in darkness.

The sun angle when this image was made on May 11 made photography tricky but did yield a nice reflection from the lead P42DC locomotive No. 92.

The former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern (later New York Central) depot at right is now the home of a model railroad club.

Winston-Salem Hopes to See Amtrak Some Day

February 12, 2019

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has a restored railroad station that is ready to accommodate Amtrak if the state can be persuaded to extend its service there.

The closest that Amtrak comes to Winston-Salem is Greensboro, which is 30 miles to the east.

Greensboro is severed by the state-funded Piedmonts and Carolinian, as well as the New York-New Orleans Crescent.

There has been some discussion to extend the state-funded service to Winston-Salem in order to serve Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

In the meantime the city is poised to celebrate the completion of an $11 million restoration of the Union Station that was built in 1926 to serve the Southern Railway, Norfolk & Western, and the Winston-Salem Southbound.

The station once served 20 trains a day, but last saw scheduled passenger service on June 15.

For 37 years the station was the home of an auto repair shop. However, much of the station’s interior remained intact during that time, including the flooring survived intact and several lighting fixtures.

The city purchased the former station in 2012 and plans to use some of it for its own offices. There are plans to lease space to tenants on the main level and make the large waiting room available for banquets and other events.

An open-window balcony overlooking the former concourse will serve as a railfan viewing area of Norfolk Southern tracks.

Amtrak Station in Tucson

April 27, 2017

The streetside view of the former Southern Pacific station in Tucson, which is now used in part by Amtrak.

Last October I was  on vacation in Tucson, Arizona. I paid a visit to the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, which uses a portion of the former Southern Pacific station.

Amtrak still uses the SP station, although it shares it with Maynard’s Market, a deli-type operation.

I was there on a Thursday and Amtrak’s Sunset Limited was not scheduled to operate in either direction. Tucson is still a staffed station with checked baggage service.

The size of the Amtrak facilities appear to be appropriate for the use that the station gets and the depot has been nicely restored.

The streetside entrance to the Amtrak station. The depot is located on Toole Street.

The exterior of the station as seen from the trackside view.

The Amtrak ticket office in the Tucson station.

Another angle of the Tucson ticket office.

One end of the waiting room. In the distance is the former CTC machine used by Southern Pacific dispatchers to control traffic on the Sunset Route.

The other end of the waiting room, which has a number of historic photographs on the wall. The ticket office is to the left and straight ahead.

The door to the platform as seen from inside the waiting room.

On the platform. The building on the other side of the tracks is the maintenance facility for the Tucson streetcar network.


Better Than Most Unstaffed Amtrak Stations

December 12, 2016


Like so many Amtrak stations in small and medium sized cities, there is no ticket agent in Bangor, Michigan.

Unlike some of those stations, the Bangor station offers a warm and dry place to wait for the train.

Shown is the waiting room of the depot used by the Chicago-Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pere Marquette. It is housed in what used to be a portico of the original brick station.

The Pere Marquette Railway built the depot in 1926 to replace a wood structure destroyed by fire.

The site was used through the end of Chesapeake & Ohio passenger service in 1971 but sat vacant before a model railroad manufacturer occupied the structure in 1981.

Amtrak’s Pere Marquette began using the building in 1984, but vacated it in 1991 when the model railroad company, known as the Kalamazoo Toy Train Factory, closed.

The city of Bangor purchased the station in 2001 and sold most of it in 2004 to a health care provider.  The attic was converted to a second floor and the south portico was enclosed to make a waiting room for Amtrak passengers. The city still owns this portion of the depot.

Just off the waiting room is a restaurant, The Railroad Cafe and Coffee Bar. I don’t know if it is open at train time, but if it is passengers have a place to get something to eat or drink.

The restaurant occupies the original station waiting room. The benches in the station appear to have a railroad heritage and might be original to this depot.

There are ample copies of Amtrak schedules in the racks against the wall, including a stack of the last Amtrak national timetable ever printed.