Marshall station (Texas)

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Marshall
MHL-2005.jpg
Texas and Pacific Depot in 2005
Location800 N. Washington Ave.,
Marshall, Texas
United States
Coordinates32°33′7″N 94°22′3″W / 32.55194°N 94.36750°W / 32.55194; -94.36750Coordinates: 32°33′7″N 94°22′3″W / 32.55194°N 94.36750°W / 32.55194; -94.36750
Owned byUnion Pacific Railroad
Line(s)Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsMarshall Public Bus System
Construction
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
Architectural styleMission Revival
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: MHL
History
OpenedOctober 20, 1912
Traffic
Passengers (2017)10,184[1]Increase 4.98%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Amtrak logo no text (1971).png Amtrak
toward Laredo or Houston
Inter-American
toward Chicago
Texas and Pacific Depot
Texas and Pacific Depot is located in Texas
Texas and Pacific Depot
Texas and Pacific Depot
Texas and Pacific Depot is located in the US
Texas and Pacific Depot
Texas and Pacific Depot
Part ofGinocchio Historic District (#74002076[2])
RTHL #10219
Significant dates
Designated CPDecember 31, 1974
Designated RTHL1985

Marshall station is a railroad station in Marshall, Texas. It is served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system, which operates the Texas Eagle through Marshall each day, with service north to Chicago and west-southwest to Dallas, San Antonio and Los Angeles. The station also houses the Texas and Pacific Railway Depot & Museum.

The ticket office in Marshall is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 10am, and 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

History[edit]

The museum

The station, also known as the T&P Depot, is the only surviving structure of the Texas and Pacific Railway shops complex which originally consisted of fifty-seven buildings spanning 66 acres (270,000 m2).

The building is located in the Ginocchio Historic District of the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1912 to house a passenger station and the headquarters of railroad's eastern district. The building welcomed soldiers in both World War I and World War II, and at its height housed telegraph and immigration offices.

During the 1970s a series of events led to the station being abandoned. Amtrak passenger trains used the building beginning in 1974, however in 1988 the Union Pacific Railroad, which owned the property, filed for a permit to demolish the building. The community intervened and throughout the 1990s worked to save the Depot and the building was restored and resumed service as the local train station; additionally, much of the building houses the railway museum.

In 2008 T&P Railway #400, a 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive (originally built in 1915 for the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway and later acquired by the T&P), was moved to the depot museum grounds from where it had been previously kept for years before in City Park,[3] and restoration work on the engine was completed a couple of years later. The restoration work included rust removal and a new coat of paint, as well as stair access to the cab of the engine for visitors. The locomotive is now accessible to the public during regular museum hours.

Centennial celebration[edit]

On October 20, 2012, the station marked its centennial anniversary with a major community celebration, including free tours of the depot and museum, live music from a Dixieland jazz band, and a traditional lunch picnic on the depot's east lawn. Union Pacific Railroad also contributed significantly to the festivities by bringing the legendary Union Pacific 844 steam locomotive and the UP 150th Anniversary Heritage Train to Marshall for the occasion, as part of its whistle-stop tour celebrating Union Pacific's 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary. The heritage train with UP 844 and a traveling "museum-on-wheels" baggage car, Promontory, was put on public display at the old T&P rail yard east of the depot, and a free shuttle provided transportation between the depot and the heritage train during the event. The railroad also brought its famous UP No. 956 Mini-Train, which offered free rides around the depot's parking lot.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "T&P 400 in Marshall, Texas". Railway Preservation News. May 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot (Marshall, Texas) at Wikimedia Commons