Red Wing station
Trackside at the station, viewed from the northwest
|Location||420 Levee Street
Red Wing, Minnesota 55066
|Owned by||Red Wing Area Fund|
|Line(s)||Soo Line Railroad|
|Platforms||1 side platform
1 island platform
|Structure type||Restored historic neoclassical revival style building|
|Parking||10 free long term spaces|
|Station code||Amtrak code: RDW|
|Passengers (2015)||8,004 5.3%|
|Official name||Red Wing Milwaukee Road Passenger Depot|
|Designated||January 8, 1980|
|Part of||Red Wing Mall Historic District|
|Architectural style||Neoclassical revival|
Red Wing is a train station in Red Wing, Minnesota, United States, served by Amtrak's (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) Empire Builder, which runs daily between Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon.[Note 1] (The next westbound stop is in Saint Paul, Minnesota[Note 2] and the next eastbound stop is in Winona, Minnesota.)
The station is located at 420 Levee Street on the bank of the Mississippi River, south of the Levee Park and just across the river from the State of Wisconsin. (Although the river lies northwest of the station, the depot is located on the west bank of the Mississippi.) The station is easily accessible from Main Street, via Broad Street, and is within walking distance of the downtown area of Red Wing. There is an enclosed waiting room (with restrooms) available daily from 8:00 am to 9:45 pm, with a caretaker opening and closing the depot. However, no other services are provided at the station (i.e., baggage, lounge, telephone, ticketing, etc.). The tracks and platform of the station are owned by the Soo Line Railroad (a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway), while the depot building and parking lot are owned by the Red Wing Area Fund (also known as the Red Wing Property Conservation Fund).
The depot was originally built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Miluakee Road). The depot building also houses the Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau as well as an arts gallery.
A plaque on the building states, "The construction of this building began in 1904 following an agreement in which the city of Red Wing provided trackage concessions and the railroad agreed to construct this depot and donate money toward construction of Levee Park. This building was designed by the railroad company architect, J.M. Nettenstrom, in a style influenced by the neoclassical revival of the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition." The building a contributing property to the Red Wing Mall Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- As of 15 April 2014 (and continuing with the 9 June 2014 schedule), the Empire Builder westbound trains (Trains 7 & 27) are scheduled to stop at 9:52 pm and the eastbound trains (Trains 8 & 28) are scheduled to stop at 8:54 am.
- For over twenty-five years prior to 7 May 2014, the next westbound stop was at the Midway station (also called the Saint Paul-Midway station) which located further west of the Saint Paul Union Depot in Saint Paul. Notwithstanding the relocation of this service, the Empire Builder with still stop at the Midway station for servicing, but passengers will not be allowed to board or disembark. Amtrak is being encouraged to restore service to the Midway Station in addition to the new service to the Saint Paul Depot.
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- "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 23 Oct 2013.
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- Melo, Fredrick (7 May 2014). "After 43 years, St. Paul's Union Depot marks return of passenger trains". twincitiespress.com (MediaNews Group). Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "What’s New". www.allaboardmn.org. All Aboard Minnesota. 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
Amtrak plans to stop the Empire Builder at Midway each day to water and service the train and add/drop off coaches and private cars.
- "Footsteps Through Historic Red Wing: Three Walking Tours of Historic Red Wing Architecture" (PDF). www.redwing.org. City of Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission. 1989. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "City offers rich range of arts, entertainment". www.redwing.org. Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Red Wing's History". www.red-wing.org. City of Red Wing. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
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