Sandpoint (Amtrak station)

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Station statistics
Address 450 Railroad Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 1916
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code SPT
Owned by BNSF Railway
Passengers (2013) 9,196[1] Increase 4.3%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Builder
toward Chicago
Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railway Station (a.k.a. Northern Pacific Depot)
Station site in U.S. state of Idaho
Sandpoint (Amtrak station) is located in Idaho
Sandpoint (Amtrak station)
Location Sandpoint, Idaho
Coordinates 48°16′35″N 116°32′44″W / 48.2764°N 116.5456°W / 48.2764; -116.5456Coordinates: 48°16′35″N 116°32′44″W / 48.2764°N 116.5456°W / 48.2764; -116.5456
Area 0.3 acres (0.1 ha)
Built 1916
NRHP Reference # 73000682[2]
Added to NRHP July 5, 1973

Sandpoint, Idaho is a station stop for the Amtrak Empire Builder in Sandpoint, Idaho, and the only stop the Builder (and Amtrak) makes in Idaho. The station, parking lot, platforms and track are owned by BNSF Railway.[3][4]

The station building is the oldest remaining active passenger depot of the former Northern Pacific Railway.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is known therein as the Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railroad Station, or as the Northern Pacific Depot.[5]

In June 2009 Amtrak announced that it was considering a new stop in Sandpoint, citing concerns about the new Sand Creek Byway. City officials and the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) pledged additional funds to support retaining Amtrak service at the original depot.[6][7]

As part of mitigation efforts related to construction of the byway, ITD paid BNSF approximately $922,000 to stabilize the depot or design and erect a replacement facility. For a few years, it was uncertain if Amtrak would continue to use the old station or choose to move to a new one outside of town, but in fall 2011, the city, Amtrak and BNSF agreed to stay at the site.[8] As of winter 2013, Amtrak was working with station owner BNSF to modify the existing lease to include parts of the building and the platform. Once this process is completed, Amtrak will move forward with design work for the rehabilitation; in conjunction with this project, Amtrak will also fund a new ADA compliant concrete platform with tactile edging.[9]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Idaho" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Amtrak - Great American Stations". Amtrak. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2005, State of Idaho" (PDF). Amtrak. October 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places, Idaho - Bonner County". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2002-02-05. 
  6. ^ "Byway jeopardizes Amtrak's depot use". The Spokesman-Review. June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  7. ^ Hagadone, Zach (November 30, 2009). "Historical Amtrak station faces development challenge". Idaho Business Review. Retrieved 2009-12-11. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.
  9. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.

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