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#1 AmtrakLKL

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:37 AM

Thought it might be time for a Master Thread of stations moving from Staffed to Unstaffed status as it seems to be an increasingly frequent event. Perhaps mods will find this worthy of a pin.

 

I've gone back and gathered as many stations as I can recall and Google search for in the past couple years. If anyone has anything to add or correct, drop it in the thread and I'll put it on this list:

 

* Last updated 05/03/2018 with corrections and additions. 
 

Code	City		State	Date Unstaffed	Notes
LMY	Lamy		NM	07/31/2018
MHL     Marshall        TX      06/29/2018	
CHW     Charleston      WV      06/08/2018
CIN	Cincinnati	OH	06/08/2018	
SBY     Shelby          MT      06/03/2018	
LAJ	La Junta	CO	06/01/2018
HAV     Havre           MT      06/01/2018	
HMD	Hammond		LA	05/26/2018	
MEI     Meridian        MS      05/26/2018    
TCL	Tuscaloosa	AL	05/26/2018
TOP     Topeka	        KS      05/20/2018
OTM     Ottumwa         IA      05/19/2018
GCK     Garden City     KS      05/17/2018
FMD     Ft. Madison     IA      05/16/2018
TXA	Texarkana	AR	05/16/2018	
HMD     Hammond         LA      05/15/2018
JAN	Jackson		MI	04/03/2018	
NLS	Niles		MI	04/03/2018	
MRC	Maricopa	AZ	02/12/2018	
GRV	Greenville	SC	06/15/2017	
SBG	Sebring		FL	06/01/2017	
MTP	Mount Pleasant	IA	05/17/2017	
CBS	Columbus	WI	04/28/2017
HUN	Huntington	WV	12/19/2016
WIN     Winona          MN      12/07/2016	
BBY	Back Bay	MA	10/01/2016	
WLY	Westerly	RI	10/01/2016    
ALT	Altoona		PA	09/29/2016    
JST	Johnstown	PA	09/29/2016    
WPT     Wolf Point      MT      07/01/2016
RUG     Rugby           ND      06/01/2016
GLN     Glenview        IL      05/09/2016
PRC     Prince          WV      04/18/2016
BER     Berlin          CT      03/04/2016
MDN     Meriden         CT      03/04/2016
WOR     Worcester       MA      11/25/2015
HAS     Hastings        NE      07/13/2015    
GFK     Grand Forks     ND      06/01/2015
 

The following stations are still staffed for ticket sales and assistance, but discontinued checked baggage and express service:

Code	City		State	Date No Bags	Notes
DFB	Deerfield Beach	FL	08/30/2017
HOL	Hollywood	FL	08/30/2017

 

The following stations closed completely:

Code	City		State	Date Closed	Notes
SFD	Sanford-Regular	FL	08/01/2005      Silver Service/Sunset Ltd - Previously Staffed before closing

 


Edited by AmtrakLKL, 03 May 2018 - 10:42 AM.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:29 AM

Columbus, Ohio??   They haven't even had a train since the National Limited ended service almost 40 years ago...


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:43 AM

Columbus, Ohio??   They haven't even had a train since the National Limited ended service almost 40 years ago...

It should be Columbus, WI. In addition, it should be Westerly, RI (not MA) and Rugby, ND (not MT).
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:45 AM

Amtrak stations aren't just being closed or abandoned, they're packing up and moving out of state.  :lol:


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:05 PM

Columbus, Ohio??   They haven't even had a train since the National Limited ended service almost 40 years ago...

 

 

 

Columbus, Ohio??   They haven't even had a train since the National Limited ended service almost 40 years ago...

It should be Columbus, WI. In addition, it should be Westerly, RI (not MA) and Rugby, ND (not MT).

 

 

Fixed, thank you.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:23 PM

Amtrak stations aren't just being closed or abandoned, they're packing up and moving out of state.  :lol:

 

Las Vegas moved theirs to New Mexico LOL. 

 

What state did Nashville move their train station to? 


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:20 PM

 

Columbus, Ohio??   They haven't even had a train since the National Limited ended service almost 40 years ago...

It should be Columbus, WI. In addition, it should be Westerly, RI (not MA) and Rugby, ND (not MT).

 

Sadly to my knowledge at Westerly RI they never reopened the station with a volunteer caretaker. The station building remains closed. Last I heard they still werent sure what to do with the building.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:44 PM

WPT Wolf Point MT 07/01/2016
RUG Rugby ND 06/01/2016
GLN Glenview IL 05/09/2016
BER Berlin CT 03/04/2016
MDN Meriden CT 03/04/2016
WIN Winona MN 12/07/2015
WOR Worcester MA 11/25/2015
GFK Grand Forks ND 06/01/2015

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 01:03 PM

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Train #98 4:22am, No more checked baggage or inside waiting room.

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 09:02 AM

The big problem is the loss of checked baggage service, which is genuinely popular and low-cost to Amtrak. The trainside checked baggage pilot was good, but I think Mr. Anderson doesn't know about it.
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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:43 PM

To me, there is a difference between a station that is locked shut, and a station that is open (waiting room, bathrooms, etc) but staffed by volunteers.


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 03:20 AM

The caretaker/volunteer isn't always part of Amtrak.  They can be part of the city, historical group, county, etc. so are arrange by that organization.  Many times the caretaker is never seen except to lock and unlock the station.



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Posted 05 May 2018 - 09:31 AM

The volunteer caretaker for Camden, SC never even comes to unlock the door. I met her once when I was aiding Amtrak in unloading an entire Silver Star there after a truck strike. Honestly I would do a better job at being a caretaker and being IATA certified. I could sell tickets too. But my life is far too hectic to do that.

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 10:45 AM

Depends on station ownership too. Seems like theres a wide range in scope of what volunteers/caretakers do depending on the station with some literally just locking/unlocking to some cleaning all the way up to More involved setups where volunteers will staff the former ticket office as an information desk during times when trains arrive and depart and answer questions, provide updates, announce train boarding, and sometimes even assist passengers with baggage. Pretty wide range depending on the station and availability/enthusiasm of volunteers.

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 11:13 AM

The best example of Volunteer station host has to be Olympia, WA. They've never missed a train since they've been open. And that includes in severe weather. Now that I find impressive.
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Posted 05 May 2018 - 11:36 AM

Isn't the Downeaster route mostly volunteer's, as well?


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 08:28 AM

The best example of Volunteer station host has to be Olympia, WA. They've never missed a train since they've been open. And that includes in severe weather. Now that I find impressive.

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 06:44 PM

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:47 PM

Gainesville TX has a really nice unstaffed station.  Too bad it's never unlocked when I've traveled from there.  When I started riding the train down here, I would go there to catch the Heartland Flyer, then connect to the Eagle.  But since I don't like standing outside in the rain like the last two times I rode the train, I started picking it up in Fort Worth.  



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Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:05 AM

Gainesville TX has a really nice unstaffed station.  Too bad it's never unlocked when I've traveled from there.  When I started riding the train down here, I would go there to catch the Heartland Flyer, then connect to the Eagle.  But since I don't like standing outside in the rain like the last two times I rode the train, I started picking it up in Fort Worth.


That's a shame - I liked the Gainesville station too. And the town. I used to stay there overnight just to catch the next day's train down to FTW.




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