Temple (Amtrak station)

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Temple
Templeamptrak.jpg
Temple, TX amtrak station from the train side.
Station statistics
Address 315 West Avenue B
Temple, TX 76501
Coordinates 31°05′45″N 97°20′43″W / 31.09574°N 97.3452°W / 31.09574; -97.3452Coordinates: 31°05′45″N 97°20′43″W / 31.09574°N 97.3452°W / 31.09574; -97.3452
Line(s)
Connections Thruway Motorcoach
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Other information
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 2000
Station code TPL
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 17,690[1] Decrease 0.9%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago

The Temple Amtrak station is a train station in Temple, Texas, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The station was originally built as an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot. East of the station on another railroad line through Temple, a former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad depot can be found.

The first depot in Temple was in a boxcar. Later a two story depot was built. In 1898 a Harvey House was built next to the depot. The current station was opened on January 29, 1911.

In 1995, the city of Temple bought 8.5 acres of land around the station and the Santa Fe Railroad donated the building. In 1999, restoration work began on the depot and it was reopened on June 8, 2000.[2]

The depot is currently home to the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum and an Amtrak ticket office. The museum is open Monday through Saturday. The Amtrak office is open Monday through Saturday until the northbound Texas Eagle departs.

Next to the depot is the former Moody, Texas depot which is now home to the Central Texas Area Model Railroaders. Inside the depot is a model train layout which is open to the public on the first and fourth Saturday of each month.

North of Temple, the Texas Eagle is hosted by BNSF Railway; south of Temple, it uses the tracks of Union Pacific Railroad. Temple station also provides Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service to Killeen and Fort Hood, Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ [1] Cleburne Times Review, John Watson: Visit the Santa Fe Depot Museum in Temple.January 22, 2006

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