San Juan Capistrano station

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San Juan Capistrano, CA
SanJuanCapistrano Amtrak 20100926.jpg
San Juan Capistrano station platform and track in 2010
Location26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano, California
Coordinates33°30′08″N 117°39′51″W / 33.5023°N 117.6641°W / 33.5023; -117.6641Coordinates: 33°30′08″N 117°39′51″W / 33.5023°N 117.6641°W / 33.5023; -117.6641
Owned byCity of San Juan Capistrano
Line(s)Orange Subdivision[1]
Platforms1 side platform
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSNC
OpenedOctober 27, 1894; 124 years ago (1894-10-27)
Passengers (2015)229,153[2][3]Increase 1.56% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Pacific Surfliner
(limited service)
Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink
Inland Empire–Orange County Line
toward Oceanside
Orange County Line
Former services
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Surf Line
toward San Diego

San Juan Capistrano station is a train station in San Juan Capistrano, California, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system, and Metrolink, a commuter railroad. The station has a single side platform serving the single track of the Orange Subdivision.[1]

The station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, and with few exceptions is the last stop in Orange County; a few trains stop at San Clemente Pier before crossing into San Diego County. It is also served by Metrolink's two Orange County lines.


The San Juan Capistrano station was originally opened October 27, 1894, by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[4] It was one of the earliest examples of Mission Revival Style architecture in railway stations.[5] In 1966, the station was closed, two years ahead of the end of Santa Fe passenger service to the city.[6] Under the auspices of Amtrak, rail service was restored to the station in 1974, and a year later, the depot was converted into a restaurant, with vintage rolling stock used to expand the space.[6] In 1995, the complex received a refurbishment, ending up with two restaurants, one located in the depot building, as well as Amtrak ticketing services and a waiting room, located in two boxcars.[6]


  • Duke, Donald (1995). Santa Fe...The Railroad Gateway to the American West. 1. San Marino, CA: Golden West Books. ISBN 0-8709-5110-6. OCLC 32745686.
  1. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (pdf). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2016, State of California" (pdf). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Duke 1995, p. 241
  5. ^ "Picture of plaque at station". TrainWeb. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "San Juan Capistrano, CA (SNC)". Great American Stations (Amtrak). Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.

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