Salem station (Oregon)
|Location||500 13th Street SE
|Owned by||State of Oregon|
|Line(s)||Union Pacific Railroad|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Parking||25 long term spaces|
|Station code||Amtrak code: SLM|
|Passengers (2016)||61,226 6.4%|
Salem Southern Pacific Railroad Station
|Area||2.7 acres (1.1 ha)|
|Architectural style||Queen Anne, Beaux Arts|
|NRHP Reference #||10000015|
|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. Greyhound Lines and some regional buses also stop at the station.
This station was constructed for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1918 and is the third station to be built at this location. The two previous stations were built in 1871 and 1889. The 1871 depot burned down in 1885. It is commonly believed that the Queen Anne-style 1889 depot burned down on March 5, 1917, but newspaper reports from the time say it was unsightly and, except for the baggage wing, demolished.
The current Beaux-Arts-style structure was designed by Southern Pacific's Chief Architect John H. Christie. 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.
A restoration project by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was completed in 2000. Amtrak leases the station from ODOT for $1 a year, in exchange for maintenance of the building and grounds.
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. 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. The REA depot has not been used since the mid-1970s, but as of 2017 ODOT is restoring it for use by Greyhound.
The station and baggage depot were added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 2010. In 2011, daily ridership on Amtrak between Salem and Portland reached 24,146 boardings.
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- Historic images of the 1889 and 1918 depots from Salem Public Library