Salem station (Oregon)

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Location 500 13th Street SE
Salem, OR
United States
Coordinates 44°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 by State of Oregon
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections Cascades POINT
Greyhound Lines
Parking 25 long term spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: SLM
Opened 1918
Rebuilt 2000
Passengers (2016) 61,226[1]Increase 6.4%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Amtrak Cascades
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
toward Seattle
Salem Southern Pacific Railroad Station
Area 2.7 acres (1.1 ha)
Built 1918 (1918)
Architectural style Queen Anne, Beaux Arts
NRHP Reference # 10000015[2]
Added to NRHP February 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.


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] The Queen Anne-style 1889 depot burned down on March 5, 1917.[4]

The current Beaux-Arts-style structure was designed by Southern Pacific's Chief Architect John H. Christie.[5][6] 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.[7]

A restoration project by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was completed in 2000.[3][8] 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 survived the fire that destroyed the previous station and is the oldest freight depot still in existence in the state.[citation needed] After the 1917 fire, the Queen Anne-style REA depot was relocated from its original site to south of the passenger station.[4] The REA depot has not been used since the mid-1970s, and now awaits restoration.[4]

The station and baggage depot were added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 2010.[9] In 2011, daily ridership on Amtrak between Salem and Portland reached 24,146 boardings.[10]

Greyhound Lines moved operations from its downtown station to here in 2013 and hopes to use the freight shed in the future.[11][12]

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  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Oregon" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  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 e "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. ^ "Oregon Digital". Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Salem, OR — Great American Stations". Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  7. ^ Christie, Tim (September 7, 2007). "Railroad depot speeds into history books". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2007-09-19. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Oregon Dept. of Transportation Museum". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  9. ^ National Park Service (2010-02-19). "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 2/08/10 through 2/12/10". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  10. ^ Rose, Joseph (March 5, 2012). "Amtrak gaining popularity among commuters who ride between Portland, Oregon City and Salem". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Tom (April 29, 2013). "Greyhound on the move in Salem". Daily Journal of Commerce. 
  12. ^ Rose, Michael (May 7, 2013). "Greyhound to move bus depot to Amtrak station". Statesman Journal. 

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