SB I-35E exit 428E onto Commerce St, then a right onto South Houston St to the station.
NB I-35E exit for Commerce Street, then a right onto S. Houston St.
Coming off EB I-30, look for the exit for Commerce Street, there doesn't
seem to be an exit number, so you have to pay attention, GPS OR NOT!
The Interstate system around the Union Station area is "ugly". If you
are not from Dallas, and not familiar with the highways in the downtown
area, you need to take it slow, especially if you are from the east, where
the highways do not have service roads.
From Wikipedia: Dallas Union Station (officially Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station, or
simply EBJ Union Station), is also known as the Dallas Union Terminal, is a railroad station
in Dallas TX. It serves DART Light Rail, Trinity Railway Express commuter rail, and Amtrak.
It is located on Houston Street, between Wood and Young Streets, in the Reunion district of
Downtown Dallas. The structure is a Dallas Landmark and is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Union Station is served by Amtrak, DART's Light Rail, DART's Trinity Rail Express, and DART's
Dallas Streetcar. The station is served by Amtrak's Texas Eagle with Chicago as the eastern
terminus and either San Antonio or Los Angeles as the western terminus. The light rail station
serves as a stop on the Red and Blue lines as well as the TRE. Union Station is the northern
terminus of the Dallas Streetcar and provides access to the Greyhound bus terminal, the George
Allen Courts Building, Dealey Plaza, the Hyatt Regency at Reunion, and Reunion Tower.
The Union Terminal Company constructed the Dallas Union Terminal, as Union Station was originally
called, in 1916 to consolidate five rail stations scattered around Dallas into one. At the peak
of its usage, as many as 80 trains stopped each day at the station. It was designed by Jarvis
Hunt, who designed other large train stations. Railroads served by the station included the Atchison,
Topeka and Santa Fe Rwy ('Santa Fe'), the St. Louis Southwestern Rwy (the "Cotton Belt"),
the Fort Worth & Denver Rwy, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific RR ('Rock Island'),
the Burlington-Rock Island RR, the St. Louis and San Francisco Rwy ('Frisco'), the Missouri–
Kansas–Texas RR ('Katy'), the Southern Pacific RR, and the Texas & Pacific Rwy.
The last privately owned passenger train to serve Union Station, the Missouri Pacific RR's Texas
Eagle, left on May 31, 1969. Amtrak initially consolidated most of its Metroplex service at
Fort Worth, but planned to introduce service to Dallas once improvements were made at Union
Terminal. With those improvements, Amtrak service began on March 14, 1974 with the Inter-American
between St. Louis and Laredo; the train evolved into today's Texas Eagle. From 1975 to 1981, the
station was also served by the Lone Star, a descendant of an old Santa Fe mainstay, the Texas Chief.
DART's light-rail service began at the station on June 14, 1996. The station's upper-level
waiting room was re-purposed into meeting and convention space for the Hyatt Regency Dallas,
which is connected via an underground walkway. In October 2016, the station was renamed the
Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station in honor of U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson.
It is mostly referred to as EBJ Union Station. -end Wiki-
There are more pictures from the Union Station area down in the TRE section.
photo by kla4067, 30JUN2006, from Wikipedia
GPS Coordinates: 32.779920, -96.809311
These two towers are some of the few that are still standing in Texas.
They are now owned by DART.
photo by Jersey Mike, 7/2019
Below is a screen shot from the Texas Interlocking towers website of the remaining towers.
GPS Coordinates: 32.772942, -96.805400
Both towers are easy to access, the south tower is on an access road off
Houston St, and the north tower is in the middle of a parking lot off N
Houston Street, by the light rail crossing.
From Wikipedia: The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) is a commuter rail line in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It was
established by an interlocal agreement between Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Trinity Metro.
Each transit authority owns a 50% stake in the joint rail project and contractor Herzog Transit
Services operates the line. The TRE began operating in December 1996.
As of the fourth quarter of 2014, the TRE has an average weekday ridership of 8,200 passengers
per day and is the fifteenth most-ridden commuter rail system in the United States. In 2014,
the TRE carried 2,293,500 passengers. Before 2006, the TRE was typically shown as a green line
on DART maps and therefore was sometimes referred to as the "Green Line," but this was not an
official designation. In 2006, DART chose green as the color for its new light rail route, the
Green Line. Since 2006, the TRE has been shown as a dark blue line on DART maps.
From Wikipedia: The Dallas Streetcar is a 2.45-mile (3.94 km) modern streetcar line in Dallas TX. It is owned by the city of
Dallas and operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which also operates Dallas's DART Light Rail system.
Construction on the line began in May 2013, and it opened for public service on April 13, 2015. The streetcar
line operates between downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff by way of the Houston Street Viaduct. The streetcar
line originally operated from Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, but an extension to the
Bishop Arts District opened on August 29, 2016.
The streetcar's: In February 2013, an order was placed with Brookville Equipment Corporation for two low-floor
streetcars to provide the service on the line. The Brookville "Liberty" model articulated cars are
67 feet (20.42 m) long and have limited capability to operate away from overhead trolley lines by
operating on battery power. This battery-powered operation allows the streetcars to travel across
the Houston Street viaduct, which does not have overhead lines installed. The first car (No. 302)
was delivered on March 20, 2015, and at the time of the line's opening in mid-April it was the
only car in the fleet. The second car, No. 301, was delivered on May 15, 2015. Dallas ordered two
more streetcars in July 2015. The third and fourth cars (Nos. 303–304) were delivered in summer 2016.
photo by Michael Barera, 2016, via Wikipedia
DART Light Rail
The DART Light Rail system has a really easy transfer to both Amtrak and the
Trinity Rail Express at Union Station.
A couple of other TRE pictures from Jersey Mike, the first one is at their storage area between Dallas and Ft Worth....
The next shot is of their station in Ft Worth.
The most recognizable building of the Dallas skyline....
photo by Jersey Mike, 7/2019
Did U Know?
For those of you that don't know me, I have both a Ham Radio license, and a
commercial FCC license, and as such, have an interest in "radio" As a
kid living in Tyler TX, back in 1959-1964, I used to love going to the town
square, where just off of it, was a radio station where the DJ had a window
on the street, with a speaker above so you could listen in... that was a
WFAA has the distinction, of being one of the very few radio/TV Stations
that start with a "W", and is west of the Mississippi River, like KDKA in
Pittsburgh is a "K" station EAST of the Mississippi. The
tower is only a couple of blocks from Union Station.
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while
trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while,
an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or
disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit
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Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.