|Amtrak inter-city rail station|
The back of the depot with escalator to the depressed tracks
|Location||280 Commercial Row
Reno, Nevada 89501
|Owned by||Structure: City of Reno
Trackage: Union Pacific Railroad
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Structure type||Grade separated|
|Passengers (2013)||78,827 15%|
Reno Southern Pacific Railroad Depot
|Location||280 Commercial Row
Southern Pacific RR
|Architectural style||Mission/Spanish Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||12000929|
|Added to NRHP||November 12, 2012|
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 platform are owned by the city of Reno. The station does not have a parking lot. The tracks are placed below ground level as they pass through the heart of downtown Reno. As of 2014, the station was served by the once-daily California Zephyr, running between Chicago and Emeryville, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area).[Note 1]. The previous year, the station served 78,827 passengers, or about 216 per day.
A depot has existed at this location since the First Transcontinental Railroad arrived in Reno in 1868. A series of wooden depots, built by the Central Pacific Railroad burned down. The current stucco depot was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1926. The Southern Pacific Depot was also used by the Virginia & Truckee Railroad until 1950, when the railroad ceased operations. The Western Pacific Railroad historically provided service to Reno, but never used this depot – instead using the (now disused for rail service) Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad Depot, a few blocks to the east.
The station was enlarged in 2007 as part of the ReTRAC project, which grade separated the tracks to eliminate most street crossings in downtown Reno. In the process of excavating around the depot, many artifacts from Reno's past were discovered including a long filled-in pedestrian tunnel and a previously unknown basement at a former masonic lodge. Many items from the excavation are on display in the station lobby, including an old cistern used by the fire department, a horse watering fountain, Native American artifacts, and several bottles dating as far back as the 1860s.
On December 4, 2012, it was announced that the station would be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- 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.
- "Reno, NV (RNO)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Nevada" (PDF). amtrak.com. Amtrak. Nov 2013. Retrieved 3 Dec 2013.
- "California Zephyr" (PDF). amtrak.com. Amtrak. 13 Jan 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014.
- Reno Historical Team. "Reno Southern Pacific Railroad Depot". University of Nevada Special Collections. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
- "Reno’s Southern Pacific/Amtrak on Nat'l Register for Historic Places". KTVN Channel 2 News. 4 Dec 2012. Retrieved 3 Jan 2014.
Media related to Reno (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Amtrak – Stations – Reno, NV
- Reno Amtrak Station TrainWeb
- ReTRAC Project City of Reno
- Reno, NV (RNO) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
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