Buffalo–Depew (Amtrak station)

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Buffalo–Depew
Amtrak regional station
Buffalo-Depew Station - December 2014.jpg
The station on a hazy evening in December 2014.
Location 55 Dick Road
Depew, NY 14043
Coordinates 42°54′26″N 78°43′36″W / 42.9071°N 78.7266°W / 42.9071; -78.7266Coordinates: 42°54′26″N 78°43′36″W / 42.9071°N 78.7266°W / 42.9071; -78.7266
Owned by State of New York
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 4
Connections NFTA Bus Route 46[1]
Construction
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code BUF
History
Opened October 28, 1979
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 126,250[2]Increase 2.6%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Service
toward Chicago
Lake Shore Limited
toward Toronto
Maple Leaf

Buffalo–Depew Station is an Amtrak station in Depew, New York. It was built in 1979 to replace the Buffalo Central Terminal as Buffalo's main Amtrak station.

The station is near the site where in 1893, Empire State Express Locomotive #999 attained its alleged top speed of 112.5 miles per hour (181 km/h), making it the fastest locomotive of its time.

History[edit]

Service to Depew began on October 28, 1979; Buffalo Central Terminal had closed that morning. The original building was a trailer which had previously served as the temporary station building in Dearborn, Michigan (Dearborn opened on October 1, 1979). The permanent building was financed by the New York Department of Transportation.[3]

The station depot at Buffalo-Depew

On September 23, 2014, a bison statue was dedicated on the lawn in front of the depot. It recalls two similar pieces that once occupied prominent spots inside Buffalo Central Terminal. Funding for the fiberglass statue was raised by railroad heritage and advocacy groups within the state.[4]

Service[edit]

The station serves three Amtrak services for a total of eight daily departures (four in each direction):

  • Empire Service: four trains daily between New York City and Niagara Falls
  • Lake Shore Limited: two trains daily between Boston, New York City, and Chicago
  • Maple Leaf: two trains daily between New York City and Toronto

West of Buffalo-Depew, Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains run west through downtown Buffalo to Buffalo - Exchange Street, while Lake Shore Limited trains turn south towards Erie.

Notable places nearby[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFTA-METRO bus route 46 Lancaster
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Buffalo Station". Amtrak NEWS 6 (12): 6–7. November 1979. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Buffalo-Depew Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Buffalo-Depew (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons