Palatka station

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Palatka, FL
Palatka Depot03.jpg
The depot shortly after its restoration in 2007.
General information
Location220 North 11 Street
Palatka, Florida
United States
Coordinates29°39′00″N 81°38′26″W / 29.65000°N 81.64056°W / 29.65000; -81.64056Coordinates: 29°39′00″N 81°38′26″W / 29.65000°N 81.64056°W / 29.65000; -81.64056
Owned byCity of Palatka
Line(s)CSXT
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsBus transport The Ride Solution
Construction
Parking15 long term and 5 short term parking spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak: PAK
History
OpenedMay 1909
Passengers
FY20217,171[1] (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
DeLand
toward Miami
Silver Meteor Jacksonville
toward New York
Silver Star
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Jacksonville Sunset Limited
1993–2005
DeLand
toward Orlando or Miami
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Satsuma
toward Tampa
Main Line Bostwick
toward Richmond
Francis
toward Rochelle
Rochelle – Palatka Terminus
Old A.C.L. Union Depot
LocationPalatka, Florida
Built1909
NRHP reference No.88000162[2]
Added to NRHP1988
Location
Palatka, FL is located in Florida
Palatka, FL
Palatka, FL
Location within Florida

Palatka station is a historic train station that was built in Palatka, Florida in 1908. The station currently serves Amtrak's Silver Service line and also houses the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society and the David Browning Railroad Museum. It is located at 220 North Eleventh Street, at the corner of North Eleventh Street's intersection with US 17/SR 100.[3]

History[edit]

The station was built in 1908 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) and was constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It served as a union depot for the ACL's Jacksonville-Tampa-Sarasota mainline as well as for the Florida Southern Railway and the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway. In addition to local service to Sarasota, the station served the ACL's West Coast Champion (New York City – Sarasota).[4][5] In 1914 the station began to serve the short-lived Ocklawaha Valley Railroad. In 1988, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

In 1971, most passenger service in the United States was transferred to Amtrak, however Palatka had its stop discontinued.[6] In 1976, Amtrak decided to reinstate the stop at Palatka, under a trial period. They would later add Palatka as a permanent stop in 1979.[7] The station is currently served by Amtrak's Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains.[3]

In November of 2021, the US Department of Transportation awarded $1.5 billion in RAISE discretionary grants for infrastructure projects around the nation.[8] One such grant awarded $8.2 million to fund the development of the A. Philip Randolph Regional Multimodal Transportation Hub.[9] Under this redevelopment, the station's platform will be lengthened to accommodate a baggage area and raised to meet ADA requirements, and allow bicycles to be loaded and unloaded at the station. Other improvements around the station include resurfacing the roadway, installing new ADA-compliant sidewalks and curb and gutter designating bike lanes, and adding other accessory safety improvements in the project area.[10] It is likely that the station's agent will be reinstated under this redevelopment to help with what will be the newly-introduced checked baggage service.

David Browning Railroad Museum[edit]

The station is home to the David Browning Railroad Museum, operated by the Palatka Railroad Preservation Society. The museum features a model train layout, historic documents, photographs, maps, signs and railroad artifacts.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palatka, FL (PAK)". GreatAmericanStations. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Putnam County listings on the National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ a b "PALATKA FLORIDA (PAC)". TrainWeb. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Palatka, FL (PAK)" (2014). www.greatamericanstations.com. Accessed April 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Table 8". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 86 (7). December 1953.
  6. ^ Amtrak Timetable effective December 17, 1971, p. 59 http://www.timetables.org/full.php?group=19711114&item=0060
  7. ^ "Trackside: Did You Know?". Palatka Railroad Preservation Society. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  8. ^ "RAISE Discretionary Grants". US Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "USDOT awards $1 billion in RAISE grants for FY2021". Progressive Railroading. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  10. ^ "RAISE GRANTS DIRECT $250 MILLION TO RAIL AND TRANSIT". Rail Passengers Association. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  11. ^ "Home | Palatka Railroad Preservation Society". Palatka Railroad Preservation Society. Retrieved 7 August 2010.

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