Whitefish (Amtrak station)

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Whitefish Depot.jpg
Location 500 Depot Street
Whitefish, MT 59937
Coordinates 48°24′48″N 114°20′6″W / 48.41333°N 114.33500°W / 48.41333; -114.33500Coordinates: 48°24′48″N 114°20′6″W / 48.41333°N 114.33500°W / 48.41333; -114.33500
Owned by City of Whitefish
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code WFH
Opened 1927
Passengers (2014) 52,012[1]Decrease 22.2%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Empire Builder
toward Chicago
Great Northern Railway Passenger and Freight Depot and Division Office
Whitefish train station.jpg
A trackside view of the depot.
Location Whitefish, Montana
Architect Thomas D'Arcy McMahon
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body Stumptown Historical Society
NRHP Reference # 02000766
Added to NRHP July 11, 2002

Whitefish, Montana is a station stop on Amtrak's Empire Builder. In addition to the Empire Builder, Amtrak's Thruway Motorcoach service also links the station to Kalispell and Missoula, Montana. A car rental agency operates a window within the station. The station and parking lot are owned by the Stumptown Historical Society. BNSF Railway leases office space on the second floor of the station and owns the platform and track.[2][3]

The Tudor Revival station building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and is known therein as the Great Northern Railway Passenger and Freight Depot and Division Office or as the Whitefish Depot.[4]

Of the 12 Montana stations served by Amtrak, Whitefish is by far the busiest, boarding or detraining an average of about 170 passengers daily. Whitefish typically handles more than four times as many passengers as the next-busiest Montana station, which varies from year to year between East Glacier Park, Havre, and Shelby. It is the busiest station stop between the Pacific Ocean and Midway Station in St. Paul, Minnesota on the Empire Builder route.[5][6][7][1]

As per latest Amtrak schedule, the Empire Builder stops at the station for 20 minutes. Whitefish marks the western end of the BNSF's Hi Line Subdivision and the eastern end of the Kootenai River Subdivision.

Great Northern Shuttle Bus
Great Northern Engine in Whitefish


  1. ^ a b "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak - Great American Stations". Amtrak. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ Grau, Kara; Bruns-Dubois, Melissa; Nickerson, Norma P. (December 2006). "The Economic Review of the Travel Industry in Montana" (PDF). Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places, Montana - Flathead County". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2002-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2011, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Montana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 

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