Colfax (Amtrak station)

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Colfax, CA
Colfax California Amtrak station.jpeg
The station building in 2008 after being renovated.
Station statistics
Address 99 Railroad Street at Church Street
Colfax, California
Coordinates 39°05′58″N 120°57′11″W / 39.0994°N 120.9531°W / 39.0994; -120.9531Coordinates: 39°05′58″N 120°57′11″W / 39.0994°N 120.9531°W / 39.0994; -120.9531
Connections Thruway Motorcoach
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Free
Bicycle facilities Tie-downs
Other information
Opened 1905
Rebuilt Early-2000's
Station code COX
Passengers (FY2013) 4,479[1] Increase 2.3% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
Location of the Colfax Amtrak Station.
Location of the Colfax Amtrak Station.
Location within California

Amtrak's Colfax Station is in Colfax, California. It is unstaffed. The station was built in 1905 by Southern Pacific Railroad and was restored in the early 21st Century; in addition to a waiting room, the building also houses the Colfax Heritage Museum.[2] The platform is movable to accommodate Union Pacific rotary snowplows, which are liable to scrape a platform 8 inches above top of rail.[3]

Between January 1, 1998 – February 13, 2000 a single round-trip of the Capitol Corridor terminated at Colfax. This service ended because of low ridership.

In FY2012 Colfax was the 69th-busiest of Amtrak's 74 California stations, boarding or detraining an average of about 12 passengers daily.[4]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1 California Zephyr toward Emeryville (Roseville)
California Zephyr toward Chicago (Truckee)
2 Bypass/Freight line No passenger service


  1. ^ "2013 California Report". Amtrak. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed 2 February 2013.
  3. ^ Glischinski, Steve (December 2010), "Where the Rotaries Roll On", Trains Magazine 70 (12): 24, ISSN 0041-0934, When the rotaries move out of Roseville, workers have to pull up crossings, and remove the Amtrak station platforms at Rocklin and Colfax to accommodate the plows. The platforms were designed to be portable because of this. 
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 

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