Niles station

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Location 598 Dey Street
Niles, MI 49120
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NLS
Opened 1892
Rebuilt 2003
Passengers (2015) 19,095[1]Decrease 6.5%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
International Limited
toward Toronto
Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot
Niles station is located in Michigan
Niles station
Niles station is located in the US
Niles station
Location Niles, Michigan, USA
Coordinates 41°50′14″N 86°15′08″W / 41.83722°N 86.25222°W / 41.83722; -86.25222Coordinates: 41°50′14″N 86°15′08″W / 41.83722°N 86.25222°W / 41.83722; -86.25222
Built 1892
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 09000085
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 19, 1979[2]
Designated MSHS October 15, 1992[2]

Niles is a train station in Niles, Michigan, served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system of the United States. The Amtrak station is located along the main line east of the former Benton Harbor Branch crossing and west of the former junctions with the South Bend and Air Line Branches. Amtrak uses the old Michigan Central Railroad station; the current structure was built in 1892 to a design by architects Spier and Rohns,[3] and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

The Niles station is served by the Wolverine and Blue Water which lead to other stations in Michigan and Indiana before terminating in Chicago. East of Niles, the Wolverine and Blue Water share stations until after Battle Creek station. The International Limited, which had started in 1982 as joint operation by Via Rail and Amtrak between Chicago and Toronto, was discontinued in 2004.[5] Baggage cannot be checked at this location; however, up to two suitcases in addition to any "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant equipment are allowed on board as carry-ons.

Of the 22 Michigan stations served by Amtrak, Niles was the 13th-busiest in fiscal year 2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 50 passengers daily.[6]

Movie scenes and Christmas lights[edit]

Niles Depot has been used in on-locations scenes of at least four movies. Continental Divide, starring John Belushi and Blair Brown, Midnight Run, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and Only the Lonely starring John Candy and Ally Sheedy. It was the latter of these three which spawned a tradition of adding Christmas lights and decorations around the station annually.[7]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b State of Michigan (2009). "Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Potter, Janet Greenstein (1996). Great American Railroad Stations. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 348. ISBN 978-0471143895. 
  4. ^ Michigan Historical Marker: Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot
  5. ^ Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Niles, Michigan (NLS)". Amtrak. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 

External links[edit]

  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
Terminus Michigan Air Line Railroad
toward Jackson
Benton HarborSouth Bend