Wednesday, February 4, 2009

San Bernardino Station

Built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at a cost of $800,000, the San Bernardino Station, was designed by architect W.A. Mohr and was officially opened on July 15, 1918.

At that time it was the largest railway station west of the Mississippi River. The newspaper San Bernardino Sun wrote "Santa Fe's Station to be the finest in the west."

On a wet Sunday in January, I decided to take a look at how the station's restoration was going. There is still much more detailing to be done, but it is looking real nice. This is the street side of the station located just of Route 66.

If you look under the awnings you can see the Santa Fe Railway logos are part of the design features.

Here is a picture of the track side of the station. This is truly one of the great historic railroad stations in the country.

The great "Smoke Stak" of the old Santa Fe Railway shops. No longer in use, it now stands as a monument to Santa Fe's past.

The San Bernardino station serves as the eastern terminus for most Metrolink San Bernardino Line trains which originate from Los Angeles Union Station and the northern terminus for some Inland Empire Orange County Line trains. Amtrak's Southwest Chief, which travels between Los Angeles and Chicago, stops here once a day in each direction.

This is one of the new Metrolink locomotives. Railfans call them "Baby Bullets" (MP36PH-3C) #890. Built by Motive Power Inc. of Boise, Idaho in July 2008. They are 68 feet long, have 3600hp, weight 285,000 pounds, carry 2500 gallons of fuel and have a maximum speed of 108 mph.

Here is #890 with 3 of its older cousins, the 3200hp EMD F59PHI diesel electric locomotives.

An Amtrak California Motorcoach provide passengers with dedicated connections to and from train stations.

LINK: Read about the station's restoration at SANBAG
LINK: Amtrak California
LINK: Amtrak.Com
LINK: Metrolink


Keith said...

That station looks incredible.

Lima Locomotive Works said...

Pretty station.

Ugly "Baby Bullets" .

Major Pepperidge said...

I would like that station more if it was made of glass and stainless steel and was a box!

TokyoMagic! said...

What a beautiful station. I'm glad to hear that it's being restored!

walterworld said...

Wow---I thought I was aware of most of the classic old stations that were still in existence, but apparently not!

The San Bernadino ATSF is quite a beauty...

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thanks for all the comments guys.

MAJOR: You crack me up!