Reno (Amtrak station)

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Amtrak inter-city rail station
The back of the depot with escalator to the depressed tracks
Location 280 North Center Street
Reno, Nevada 89501[1]
United States
Coordinates 39°31′43″N 119°48′42″W / 39.5287°N 119.8116°W / 39.5287; -119.8116Coordinates: 39°31′43″N 119°48′42″W / 39.5287°N 119.8116°W / 39.5287; -119.8116
Owned by City of Reno, except the tracks, which are owned by the Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Structure type Grade separated
Parking None
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code RNO
Opened 1926
Rebuilt 2007
Passengers (2013) 78,827[2]Increase 15%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
closed in 2009
toward Chicago
Location of the Reno Amtrak Station
Location of the Reno Amtrak Station
Location of Reno Amtrak Station within Nevada

The Reno Amtrak Station is a train station in Reno, Nevada, United States, served by Amtrak's California Zephyr train and multiple-frequency daily Thruway Motorcoach service. The California Zephyr runs once daily between Chicago, Illinois and Emeryville, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area).[Note 1] (The next westbound stop is in Truckee, California and the next eastbound stop is in Winnemucca.)


The station is located at 280 North Center Street in downtown Reno. The tracks are owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, while the station and passenger platform for are owned by the City of Reno. The station does not have a parking lot. The tracks are grade separated after they were placed below ground level as they pass through the heart of downtown Reno.

The depot was built in 1926 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. It is the 3rd train depot built at this same location. The first two were built by the Central Pacific Railroad; both of these were destroyed by fires. This current Southern Pacific Depot was also used by the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, until 1950, when the railroad ceased operations. The depot was enlarged in 2007, as part of a project called ReTRAC, which lowered the tracks to eliminate most at-grade crossings in downtown Reno. In the process of excavating around the depot, many artifacts from Reno's past were discovered, some exposing not-well-known moments in Reno's history. Several of these are on display in the station lobby, including an old cistern used by the fire department, a long filled-in pedestrian tunnel, a previously unknown basement at a former masonic lodge, a horse watering fountain, American Indian artifacts, and several bottles dating as far back as the 1860s. The Western Pacific Railroad historically provided service to Reno, but never used this depot, instead using the now abandoned Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad Depot, a few blocks to the northeast.

On December 4, 2012, it was announced that the Station would be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


  1. ^ As of 13 January 2014, the westbound train (Route 5) is scheduled to stop at 9:36 am and the eastbound train (Route 6) is scheduled to stop at 4:06 pm.[3]


  1. ^ "Reno, NV (RNO)". Amtrak. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Nevada" (PDF). Amtrak. Nov 2013. Retrieved 3 Dec 2013. 
  3. ^ "California Zephyr" (PDF). Amtrak. 13 Jan 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014. 
  4. ^ "Reno’s Southern Pacific/Amtrak on Nat'l Register for Historic Places" (HTML). KTVN Channel 2 News. 4 Dec 2012. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014. 

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