One of the better resources I have come across to this end is the plethora of
old post cards still around depicting many of these structures, some better than
Most of the postcards were found on EBay unless noted, other pictures, mostly
the more recent ones, come from Google and/or Bing images - credit given if the
source is known.
Dates are in the picture name, x means the date is approximate. If they were
available, and interesting, I included the back side of the postcards. 1910a
and 1910b would be the same card, both sides.
If the picture was really, really bad, some of them have been cleaned up and/or
repaired when I had the energy.
Since many of these stations are no longer around (railfans seem to prefer the
term "extant", I'm not one of them! :-), this page is mostly for historical
This page is mostly for historical reference, as MANY of these stations are not
What's the difference between a station and a depot? Most people will say
"nuttin", it's a matter of preference, although many will use depot for older
If you have a picture you would like to contribute, please see the bottom of the
page for how to find me, credit is always given to contributing photographers.
Amtrak runs on the UP Nevada Subdivision for most of it's trip thru Nevada.
In Sparks/Reno NV, west of the Sparks Yard, it changes to the Roseville
Subdivision. There are three Amtrak stations in Nevada: Reno, Winnemucca,
The various EBay sellers
From the RoadtripAmerica page: You'd be forgiven for wondering why Caliente, a modest
town of little more than 1,000 people, might be home to such an impressive mission-style station. In the 1920s, its location, about halfway between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, made it an ideal
stopping point when the railroad came through. The first floor housed waiting and railroad offices,
upstairs was a 50-room motel. However, the arrival of diesel locos meant this stopover point /
maintenance depot was no longer needed. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Central Pacific Railroad Depot in Lovelock NV was built in 1880 in the Stick, or Eastlake
style, functioning as the principal point of access to the town in
the late 1800's and early 1900's. The building was originally located on the
northeast corner of West Broadway Avenue and Main Street, but was moved by the town
in 1999 to its present site across Broadway Avenue.
The station was a regular stop for transcontinental train traffic, and was expanded
in 1917. The station operated until the early 1990s, when it was closed. When what
was now the Union Pacific Railroad announced plans to tear the depot down in 1998
the City of Lovelock expressed interest in the building. The same year the railroad
signed over the building and a $42,500 donation, the projected cost of demolition. The town moved it from railroad property, completing a restoration in 2000, with
help from prison labor. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places
in 2004. The depot is leased to private retail businesses.
From the Great American Stations page: Located a few blocks north of the Truckee River in
downtown Reno, the current Amtrak facility was added to the historic Southern Pacific
station in 2005. This addition was part of a multi-year, $282 million project that
depressed 2.2 miles of the Union Pacific mainline in the heart of the city and
eliminated eleven grade crossings. The new building, sited west of the original
depot, opened to the public in January 2006. Passengers enter from street level
but descend to the waiting room located at the new track level.
The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) station is the fourth one to stand on the
downtown site. The first depot, built in 1869, burned down in the Reno fire
of 1879. The second station opened a decade later, but it too succumbed to
fire and was destroyed. The third station was bought by the SP in 1925, but
the company chose to replace it the next year with a larger structure
designed in the Mediterranean Revival style then popular with the SP.
The ghost town of Rhyolite NV is just across the border from California in an area
known as the Bullfrog Hills. Rhyolite is a former mining town and this is the old
train station on the now abandoned Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad.
The station in Sparks was a combined station and tower. The station closed in 2009.
Part of the reason was it's close proximity to Reno, and the other was the fact
that it stands in the middle of the yard. The only stop in town now is
a Curbside Bus Stop only (no shelter) at 1100 Nugget Ave.
The present "station", which was built in 2012, is owned by Union Pacific
according to Wikipedia - However, the Great American Stations page says it
belongs to Amtrak - anyone know fer sure? Previously, there was a Southern Pacific station
on location, then, sometime after Amtrak took over passenger service, the SP
building was torn down and a bus type shelter was put up in its place until
2012. This is a super-sized bus shelter.
Photo by Sue Anderson
2009 - Before
The old Southern Pacific depot
New 4/28/2013, SEP18/2018, JAN29/2021
Last Changed: 29-Jan-2021