Salem station (Oregon)

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Salem, OR
Location500 13th Street SE
Salem, OR
United States
Coordinates44°55′56″N 123°01′41″W / 44.93222°N 123.02806°W / 44.93222; -123.02806Coordinates: 44°55′56″N 123°01′41″W / 44.93222°N 123.02806°W / 44.93222; -123.02806
Owned byState of Oregon
Line(s)Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
ConnectionsCascades POINT
Greyhound Lines
Parking25 long term spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: SLM
Passengers (2017)63,311[1]Increase 3.41%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Amtrak Cascades
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
toward Seattle
Salem Southern Pacific Railroad Station
Area2.7 acres (1.1 ha)
Built1918 (1918)
ArchitectChristie, J.H.; Stebinger Bros.
Architectural styleQueen Anne, Beaux-Arts
NRHP reference #10000015[2]
Added to NRHPFebruary 12, 2010

Salem is an Amtrak train station in Salem, Oregon, United States. It is served by the Amtrak Cascades and the Coast Starlight passenger trains. Greyhound Lines and some regional buses also stop at the station.


Trackside of Salem Depot

This station was constructed for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1918 and is the third station to be built at this location.[3] The two previous stations were built in 1871 and 1889.[4] The 1871 depot burned down in 1885.[4] It is commonly believed that the Queen Anne-style 1889 depot burned down on March 5, 1917,[4] but newspaper reports from the time say it was unsightly and, except for the baggage wing, demolished.[5]

The current Beaux-Arts-style structure was designed by Southern Pacific's Chief Architect John H. Christie.[6][7] It is constructed of masonry, and is one of five masonry depots that still exist along the original Southern Pacific West Coast line. The other depots are in Albany, Medford, Roseburg and Eugene.[8]

A restoration project by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was completed in 2000.[3][9] Amtrak leases the station from ODOT for $1 a year, in exchange for maintenance of the building and grounds.[citation needed]

An 1889 Railway Express Agency (REA) freight depot/baggage shed from the previous station was kept and is the oldest freight depot still in existence in the state.[citation needed] Either after the 1917 fire or in preparation for constructing the new depot, the Queen Anne-style REA depot was relocated from its original site to the south.[4][5] The REA depot has not been used since the mid-1970s, but as of 2017 ODOT is restoring it for use by Greyhound.[10]

The station and baggage depot were added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 2010.[11] In 2011, daily ridership on Amtrak between Salem and Portland reached 24,146 boardings.[12]

Greyhound Lines moved operations from its downtown station to here in 2013 and hoped to use the freight shed in the future.[13][14]

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  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Oregon" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ a b "Salem's Railroad Depots". Salem Online History. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  4. ^ a b c d "Salem City Council Agenda: National Register of Historic Places Nomination for Southern Pacific Railroad Depot" (PDF). City of Salem. October 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  5. ^ a b Salem Depots Historic Explanation.pdf
  6. ^ "Oregon Digital". Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  7. ^ "Salem, OR — Great American Stations". Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  8. ^ Christie, Tim (September 7, 2007). "Railroad depot speeds into history books". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2007-09-19.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Oregon Dept. of Transportation Museum". Oregon Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2007-09-19.
  10. ^ Communications Salem Railroad Baggage Depot Project
  11. ^ National Park Service (2010-02-19). "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 2/08/10 through 2/12/10". Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  12. ^ Rose, Joseph (March 5, 2012). "Amtrak gaining popularity among commuters who ride between Portland, Oregon City and Salem". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  13. ^ Henderson, Tom (April 29, 2013). "Greyhound on the move in Salem". Daily Journal of Commerce.
  14. ^ Rose, Michael (May 7, 2013). "Greyhound to move bus depot to Amtrak station". Statesman Journal.

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