Sandpoint station

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Sandpoint, ID
Sandpoint station.jpg
The station at Sandpoint in May 2017.
Location450 Railroad Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Owned byBNSF Railway
Line(s)BNSF Railway Kootenai River Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSPT
Passengers (2016)7,510[1]Decrease 4.5%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle or Portland
Empire Builder
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Amtrak logo no text (1971).png Amtrak
toward Seattle
North Coast Hiawatha
toward Chicago
Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railway Station
Sandpoint Train Station.jpg
Station site in U.S. state of Idaho
Station site in U.S. state of Idaho
Station site in U.S. state of Idaho
Station site in U.S. state of Idaho
Station site in U.S. state of Idaho
Sandpoint station (the US)
LocationSandpoint, Idaho
Coordinates48°16′35″N 116°32′44″W / 48.2764°N 116.5456°W / 48.2764; -116.5456Coordinates: 48°16′35″N 116°32′44″W / 48.2764°N 116.5456°W / 48.2764; -116.5456
Area0.3 acres (0.1 ha)
NRHP reference #73000682[2]
Added to NRHPJuly 5, 1973[2]

Sandpoint is a train station along Amtrak's Empire Builder line in Sandpoint, Idaho, as well as the only operating Amtrak station in Idaho. The station site is owned by BNSF Railway.[3][4]

The station building is the oldest remaining active passenger depot of the former Northern Pacific Railway.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is known therein as the Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railroad Station, or as the Northern Pacific Depot.[5]

In June 2009 Amtrak announced that it was considering a new stop in Sandpoint, citing concerns about the new Sand Creek Byway. City officials and the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) pledged additional funds to support retaining Amtrak service at the original depot.[6][7]

As part of mitigation efforts related to construction of the byway, ITD paid BNSF approximately $922,000 to stabilize the depot or design and erect a replacement facility.[8] As of winter 2013, Amtrak was working with station owner BNSF to modify the existing lease to include parts of the building and the platform. Once this process is completed, Amtrak will move forward with design work for the rehabilitation; in conjunction with this project, Amtrak will also fund a new ADA compliant concrete platform with tactile edging.[8]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Idaho" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ a b "Amtrak - Great American Stations". Amtrak. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2005, State of Idaho" (PDF). Amtrak. October 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-04.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places, Idaho - Bonner County". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2002-02-05.
  6. ^ "Byway jeopardizes Amtrak's depot use". The Spokesman-Review. June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  7. ^ Hagadone, Zach (November 30, 2009). "Historical Amtrak station faces development challenge". Idaho Business Review. Retrieved 2009-12-11.(subscription required)
  8. ^ a b Great American Stations. Accessed March 18, 2013.

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