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Savannah (Amtrak station)

Savannah
Station statistics
Address 2611 Seaboard Coastline Drive
Savannah, GA 31401
Coordinates

32°05′01″N 81°08′55″W / 32.0836°N 81.1486°W / 32.0836; -81.1486Coordinates: 32°05′01″N 81°08′55″W / 32.0836°N 81.1486°W / 32.0836; -81.1486

Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes,Overnight
Other information
Opened 1962[1]
Accessible
Station code SAV
Owned by Savannah Economic Development Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2012)72,321[2] Increase 4.2%
Services
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
toward Miami
Silver Meteor
Terminus Palmetto
toward Miami
Silver Star

The Savannah Amtrak station is an Amtrak station in Savannah, Georgia. The station was built in 1962 to replace the older Savannah Union Station. Located at 2611 Seaboard Coastline Drive,[3] the station consists of a terminal building on the east side of the north-south tracks, with a platform between the tracks.

History

The station was constructed in 1962 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, with funds channeled through the Georgia Ports Authority, to the City of Savannah, as part of the re-development requiring the removal of Savannah Union Station, to facilitate construction of Interstate 16 into the downtown area. The agreement provides for all tenant roads and/or successor carriers, use of the facility, in exchange for agreeing to the move. This would apply to carrier trains, like CSX inspection trains, occasional GrandLuxe tour trains, and even infrequent visits by the Sam Shortline Specials from Vidalia and Cordele.

Architecture

Savannah station is an example of Modernist architecture. Unlike the Spanish-Renaissance and Elizabethian revival styles of the former Union Station, which reflect on past traditions, the current station's design conforms to the architectural traditions of its own time.

Operation

Savannah is served by the trains of Amtrak's Silver Service, as well as infrequent passage/parking of a variety of inspection, business, and excursion tour specials, and the occasional private car charter. It is the southern terminus of the Palmetto route and is along the Silver Star and Silver Meteor routes. North of Savannah, the Palmetto and Silver Meteor route diverges from the Silver Star line not converging again until Selma, North Carolina.

Unlike Savannah Union Station, this station does not require back-up moves, saving some operational time at the expense of having fewer tracks accessible to passengers.

The terminal offers ticketing, checked baggage, Amtrak Express shipping, and shipping services. It also contains a pedestrian tunnel that's marked as a "subway."

References

External links

  • Amtrak – Stations – Savannah, GA
  • Savannah Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide - TrainWeb)
  • Street Map from MapQuest
  • Sam Shortline Special Trains
  • Antebellum South GrandLuxe Rail Journey
  • Savannah (SAV)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
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