North Palm Springs Amtrak Station - North Palm Springs, California
N 33° 53.859 W 116° 32.887
11S E 541780 N 3750899
Quick Description: This is the Amtrak Station for North Palm Springs, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 9:31:40 PM
Waymark Code: WM43Y1
Functional and modestly attractive, this is where you go to ride a passenger train in Palm Springs. The station receives 6 trains per week, 3 in each direction. The service runs between New Orleans, San Antonio and Los Angeles, and is known as the Sunset Limited.
These Amtrak stations are known irreverently in the business as 'Am-shacks'. That is certainly true in this case. While the building is attractive, it is really little more than an open-air shelter, with a roof but otherwise completely open to the elements. If you are unfortunate enough to be dropped off or picked up with any kind of wait in the station, you will cook in this place in the summer. The temperature routinely hits 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Further, the station is effectively in the middle of nowhere. The distance to downtown Palm Springs is over 7 miles. Unless you have cab fare, you are in a hurting way, as I heard from one less-well-heeled customer I met who had the impression he was going to arrive in Palm Springs. There is nothing about this sorry state of affairs on the Amtrak web site, so people have no warning what could happen to them.
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: Yes
Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes
If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: The Union Pacific Railroad; formerly this line was the Southern Pacific Railroad
Station/Depot Web Site: [Web Link]
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