Needles (Amtrak station)

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El Garces, the original Needles Station and Hotel.
Location 900 Front Street
Needles, CA 92363
Coordinates 34°50′24″N 114°36′16″W / 34.8400°N 114.6045°W / 34.8400; -114.6045Coordinates: 34°50′24″N 114°36′16″W / 34.8400°N 114.6045°W / 34.8400; -114.6045
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Other information
Station code NDL
Opened 1908
Passengers (2013) 8,640[1]Decrease 5.5%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
Major stations
Location of the Needles Amtrak Station.
Location of the Needles Amtrak Station.
Location within California

The Needles Amtrak station is a train station in Needles, California, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The station consists of a covered platform located at a BNSF Railway yard.[2]

El Garces Hotel[edit]

Main article: El Garces Hotel

The Needles Train Station is near the historic El Garces Hotel,[3] built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1908 for the Fred Harvey Company.[2] It is located near the original station, which closed in 1958 and underwent extensive restoration.[2] The name El Garces was chosen to honor Father Francisco Garces, a missionary who arrived in the area in 1776.[4]

El Garces reopened in 2014 as an intermodal transportation facility, but without the proposed on-site Needles Chamber of Commerce office, and without the original hotel and restaurant.[5][6]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1-3  Southwest Chief toward Los Angeles (Barstow)
 Southwest Chief toward Chicago (Kingman)


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