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Salem Railroad Station, Salem

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Salem is an Amtrak train station in Salem, Oregon, United States. It is served by the Amtrak Cascades and the Coast Starlight passenger trains. Greyhound Lines and some regional buses also stop at the station.HistoryThis station was constructed for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1918 and is the third station to be built at this location. The two previous stations were built in 1871 and 1889. The 1871 depot burned down in 1885. It is commonly believed that the Queen Anne-style 1889 depot burned down on March 5, 1917, but newspaper reports from the time say it was unsightly and, except for the baggage wing, demolished.The current Beaux-Arts-style structure was designed by Southern Pacific's Chief Architect John H. Christie. It is constructed of masonry, and is one of five masonry depots that still exist along the original Southern Pacific West Coast line. The other depots are in Albany, Medford, Roseburg and Eugene.A restoration project by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was completed in 2000. Amtrak leases the station from ODOT for $1 a year, in exchange for maintenance of the building and grounds.
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  • Although this train station is small, it has been restored beautifully. It is a handsome building and a great intro to Salem.  more »
  • It's always fun riding the train and Salem's station is very nice, clean, bright, eclectic with historical artwork and the old world charm feeling. The Amtrak staff is always helpful, too.  more »

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