San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot

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San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
Location1170 West Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410[1]
United States
Coordinates34°06′15″N 117°18′35″W / 34.10417°N 117.30972°W / 34.10417; -117.30972Coordinates: 34°06′15″N 117°18′35″W / 34.10417°N 117.30972°W / 34.10417; -117.30972
Owned bySan Bernardino Associated Governments
Line(s)BNSF Railway Cajon / San Bernardino Subdivisions
Platforms1 side platform (Amtrak)
3 island platforms (Metrolink)
Tracks1 (Amtrak)
6 (Metrolink)
ConnectionsAmtrak Thruway Motorcoach; 19A (to Hemet)[2] and 19B (to Indio)[3]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeSNB (Amtrak)
OpenedJuly 15, 1918
Passengers (2017)12,035[4]Increase 3.94% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink
Inland Empire–Orange County Line
toward Oceanside
San Bernardino Line
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot
LocationSan Bernardino, California
ArchitectW.A. Mohr; Cresmer Manufacturing Co.
Architectural styleMission Revival/Moorish Revival/Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference #01000025 [5]
Added to NRHP2 February 2001
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot is located in southern California
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
Location within southern California
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot is located in California
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot (California)

The San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot (Amtrak designation San Bernardino, Metrolink designation San Bernardino Depot) is a Mission Revival Style passenger rail terminal in San Bernardino, California, United States. It currently serves one Amtrak (Southwest Chief) and two Metrolink lines (Inland Empire–Orange County Line and San Bernardino Line). The depot is a historical landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot.[6]

Early history[edit]

Through its subsidiary California Southern Railroad, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) first built a two-and-a-half-story wooden structure on the site in 1886 to replace a converted boxcar that had been used as a temporary station.[7] The 1886 building was mostly destroyed in a fire on 16 November 1916.[8]

Architecture and design[edit]

Trackside of the San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot

Local politicians requested ATSF to build a new station on a much larger scale than the previous. The new station, designed by architect W.A. Mohr, cost $800,000 (equivalent to $13,326,000 in 2018) to build and was officially opened on 15 July 1918. At that time, it was the largest railway station west of the Mississippi River. The San Bernardino Sun wrote "Santa Fe's Station to be the finest in the west." A few years after the depot's opening, an extension was added that included a Harvey House and living quarters.[8]

The historic depot is built in the Mission Revival Style with Moorish Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival features. Utilizing hollow clay blocks, a red tile roof and stucco exterior, the depot was designed to withstand fire. Four domed towers are built around a large center lobby with polished tile walls and floor. The interior includes handcrafted high beams, coffered ceilings and decorative column capitals.[8]

Decline and renovation[edit]

The station saw heavy use throughout the 20th century. But like with many railroad stations, there was a gradual decline in usage with the advent of automobiles, buses and air travel. The Harvey House closed in the 1950s. In 1971, ATSF transferred its passenger service to Amtrak. Metrolink began service to the station in the early 1990s.[9]

Trackside of the original San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot, 1915

In 1992, San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) purchased the historic depot from Santa Fe. While Amtrak and Metrolink stopped using the depot in favor for a much smaller newer structure on the west side of the older one, SANBAG acquired over $15 million from federal and local grants and funds to begin an extensive restoration of the historic depot beginning in 2002. In 2004, SANBAG and Metrolink moved some of their offices there. After renovations are complete, SANBAG will share ownership with the City of San Bernardino and both agencies intend on leasing space in it.[10] The historic depot waiting area, along with a new snack shop, opened again for Amtrak and Metrolink passengers on 2 May 2008.[11] A new elevator, platforms, tracks, and an overpass were built in March and April 2017 as part of the Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project, an extension of Metrolink service to the San Bernardino Transit Center.[12]



All San Bernardino Line trains and some Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains stop at the station.


Amtrak's Southwest Chief, which travels between Los Angeles and Chicago, Illinois, stops once a day in each direction here.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Amtrak platform  Southwest Chief toward Los Angeles (Riverside–Downtown)
 Southwest Chief toward Chicago (Victorville)
Metrolink platforms  Inland Empire–Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Riverside–Downtown)
 San Bernardino Line toward L.A. Union Station (Rialto)

Former services[edit]

  Former services  
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
toward Los Angeles
Desert Wind
Discontinued in 1997
toward Chicago
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
Major stations
toward Los Angeles
Major stations
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
Major stations
toward Los Angeles
Major stations
TerminusRedlands Loop
toward Redlands
toward San Jacinto
San Jacinto BranchTerminus


  1. ^ "San Bernardino, CA (SNB)". Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  2. ^ Amtrak Thruway Bus Route 19a; Bakersfield - Hemet (Amtrak California)
  3. ^ Amtrak Thruway Bus Route 19b; Bakersfield - Indio (Amtrak California)
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "California - San Bernardino County". American Dreams, Inc. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  7. ^ Serpico, Philip C. (1988). Santa Fé Route to the Pacific. Palmdale, California: Omni Publications. p. 20. ISBN 0-88418-000-X.
  8. ^ a b c "A Brief History of the Santa Fe Depot". San Bernardino Associated Governments. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  9. ^ "SANBAG Property Acquisition, Depot Restoration Funding". San Bernardino Associated Governments. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  10. ^ "Restoration Details". San Bernardino Associated Governments. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.
  11. ^ Richard, Chris (4 Mar 2008). "San Bernardino depot is open for rail travelers, thanks to historical society volunteers". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside, California: Freedom Communications.
  12. ^ "Metrolink train service resumes at San Bernardino, Rialto stations". The San Bernardino Sun. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-05-05.

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