Whitefish (Amtrak station)

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Whitefish
Whitefish Depot.jpg
Station statistics
Address 500 Depot Street
Whitefish, MT 59937
Coordinates 48°24′48″N 114°20′6″W / 48.41333°N 114.33500°W / 48.41333; -114.33500Coordinates: 48°24′48″N 114°20′6″W / 48.41333°N 114.33500°W / 48.41333; -114.33500
Line(s)
Connections Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes; free
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 1927
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code WFH
Owned by City of Whitefish
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 66,840[1] Increase 0.3%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Builder
toward Chicago
Great Northern Railway Passenger and Freight Depot and Division Office
Whitefish train station.jpg
A trackside view of the depot.
Location Whitefish, Montana
Architect Thomas D'Arcy McMahon
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body Stumptown Historical Society
NRHP Reference # 02000766
Added to NRHP July 11, 2002

Whitefish, Montana is the busiest station stop for the Amtrak Empire Builder in Montana based on ridership. In addition to the Empire Builder, Amtrak's Thruway Motorcoach also links the station to Kalispell and Missoula, Montana, USA. A car rental agency operates a window within the station, so that detraining passengers may pick up rental vehicles right at the station itself. The station and parking lot are owned by the Stumptown Historical Society. BNSF Railway leases office space on the second floor of the station and owns the platform and track.[2][3]

The Tudor Revival station building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and is known therein as the Great Northern Railway Passenger and Freight Depot and Division Office, or as the Whitefish Depot.[4]

Of the twelve Montana stations served by Amtrak, Whitefish was the busiest in FY10, boarding or detraining an average of about 180 passengers daily. It is the busiest station stop between the Pacific Ocean and Midway Station in St. Paul, Minnesota on the Empire Builder route.[5]

As per latest Amtrak schedule,the Empire Builder stops at the station for 20 minutes, giving passengers enough time to stretch their legs and take a look around.

Whitefish marks the western end of the BNSF's Hi Line Subdivision and the eastern end of the Kootenai River Subdivision.

Great Northern Shuttle Bus
Great Northern Engine In Whitefish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak - Great American Stations". Amtrak. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ Grau, Kara; Bruns-Dubois, Melissa; Nickerson, Norma P. (December 2006). "The Economic Review of the Travel Industry in Montana" (PDF). Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places, Montana - Flathead County". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2002-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 

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