Jamestown Gateway Train Station

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Erie Railroad Station Jamestown NY Jan 10.jpg
The station depot at Jamestown, as seen in August 2010 facing the front facade of the depot constructed in 1930.
Location 211-217 West Second Street
Jamestown, New York 14701
Owned by Erie Railroad (1895–1960)
Erie Lackawanna Railroad (1960–1976)
Conrail (1976–1999)
City of Jamestown (2000–present)
Line(s) Main Line (Meadville Division)
Buffalo and Southwestern Railroad
Platforms 1 island platform (former)
Tracks 3 (former)
Connections Bus transport Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System
Bus transport Coach USA
Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Platform levels 2
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code 5017[1]
Opened August 25, 1860; 157 years ago (1860-08-25)[2]
Closed January 6, 1970; 47 years ago (1970-01-06)
Rebuilt 1897; 120 years ago (1897)
1924; 93 years ago (1924)
June 7, 1932; 85 years ago (June 7, 1932)[3]
2011; 6 years ago (2011)
  Former services  
Preceding station   Erie Railroad   Following station
Main Line
Terminus Buffalo and Southwestern Railroad
toward Buffalo
Erie Railroad Station
Jamestown Gateway Train Station is located in New York
Jamestown Gateway Train Station
Jamestown Gateway Train Station is located in the US
Jamestown Gateway Train Station
Location 211-217 W. Second St., Jamestown, New York
Coordinates 42°5′40″N 79°14′41″W / 42.09444°N 79.24472°W / 42.09444; -79.24472Coordinates: 42°5′40″N 79°14′41″W / 42.09444°N 79.24472°W / 42.09444; -79.24472
Area 1.4 acres (0.6 ha)
Built 1931
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP reference # 03000045[4]
Added to NRHP May 2, 2003

The Jamestown Gateway Train Station, also known as the Jamestown Erie Railroad station, and the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station, is a historic train station located at Jamestown in Chautauqua County, New York. Although no longer an active railroad station due to a lack of passenger service in the area after a restoration done in 2011 the building currently serves as a bus transportation center and community space for Jamestown. The first train arrived at Jamestown on August 25, 1860 as part of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad.


The station was constructed in 1931-1932, for the Erie Railroad, as a replacement for a much older station.[5] It passed on to successor Erie Lackawanna in 1960 and continued to serve as a station for the railroad's long distance trains operating between Hoboken and Chicago. The last train to use the station was the Lake Cities, discontinued in January 1970. On April 1, 1976 Erie Lackawanna became part of the Conrail system, which was taken over in turn by CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway on June 1, 1999. Local railroad offices continued to occupy the building.

The station passed to private ownership and was slowly stripped of salvageable materials. In 2000, the city of Jamestown took ownership of the building and considered plans for its future use. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[6] Senator Charles Schumer announced grant monies to help restore the station as a commercial and transit hub on August 23, 2010. Upon completion of the $12 million (2012 USD) restoration, the restored station was opened to the public on October 26, 2012.[7]


The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System and Coach USA use the facility.

As of March 2013, the station provides no Amtrak or commuter rail service. However, it is a stop for Amtrak's Thruway Motorcoach buses at a Chautauqua Area Regional Transportation Service bus shelter taking commuters to Buffalo's Exchange Street Station.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Baggage Department. Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Erie Railroad of Days Long Gone By Recalled by Old Photograph" (PDF). Jamestown Evening Journal. July 26, 1939. p. 10. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ "New Erie Rail Station Opened at Jamestown". Democrat and Chronicle. June 8, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved September 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ Claire L. Ross (September 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Erie Railroad Station". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved June 14, 2009.  See also: "Accompanying seven photos". 
  6. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  7. ^ Tabor, Brian (October 26, 2012). "Railroad station restored in Jamestown". WIVB-TV. Buffalo, New York. Archived from the original on October 28, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jamestown, NY - Bus Stop (JMN); Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach

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