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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 06/19/2018 with corrections. La Junta and Lamy closure dates pushed back to 7/9 and 8/3, respectively.

* Updated 7/05/2018 with no-notice closure of Flint, MI.

* Updated 8/15/2018 with Trainside Checked Baggage/Baggage Lite notes

Code	City		State	Date Unstaffed	Notes
LMY	Lamy		NM	08/03/2018
LAJ     La Junta        CO      07/08/2018      Eff. July 8, open Mon-Fri for ticketing only. No checked baggage service.
FLN     Flint           MI      07/05/2018
MHL     Marshall        TX      06/29/2018	
CHW     Charleston      WV      06/08/2018
CIN	Cincinnati	OH	06/08/2018	
SBY     Shelby          MT      06/03/2018	
HAV     Havre           MT      06/01/2018	
HMD	Hammond		LA	05/26/2018      * Baggage Lite Service	
MEI     Meridian        MS      05/26/2018      * Baggage Lite Service
TCL	Tuscaloosa	AL	05/26/2018      * Baggage Lite Service
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
JXN	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      * Baggage Lite Service
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      * Baggage Lite Service
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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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RVR Richmond VA 05/07/2018*

*Changes from 24hours to 5:30a-10:30p daily,

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

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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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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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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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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.

 

And after all of Anderson's cuts I'm not really wanting to help Amtrak any.

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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.

Edited by lordsigma

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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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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.

This!

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I'm impressed with Olympia station manned by volunteers despite the mess when the Cascades was forced to stop and turned around during our AU Gathering last year

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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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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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Quite of a few of the stations that are losing their staffs are under review for train side, baggage lite service.

Good.

 

It's still absurd for *Cincy* to lose staffing. This is not some small town. The only reason it has low ridership is the damn three-a-week nonsense; get the Cardinal daily and watch it boom.

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I remember when I was very briefly in Elkhart, IN earlier this year and walked around its downtown, there was a note that the station house is unlocked during hours the station has Amtrak trains arriving and leaving that station. Which are Capitol Limited(Chicago-DC), and Lake Shore Limited(Chicago-Boston-NYC). So I get the sense that this station was a volunteer station where a caretaker opens up and closes that station, during hours Amtrak trains serve Elkhart. Station looked historic, and in nice shape btw.

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