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Niles (Amtrak station)

Station statistics
Address 598 Dey Street
Niles, MI 49120
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 1892
Rebuilt 2003
Station code NLS
Passengers (2013) 21,306 7%
Preceding station   Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
Terminus Michigan Air Line Railroad
toward Jackson
toward Benton Harbor
Benton HarborSouth Bend
Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot
Location Niles, Michigan, USA
Built 1892
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 09000085
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 19, 1979[2]
Designated MSHS October 15, 1992[2]

Niles is a train station in Niles, Michigan, served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system of the United States.


The Amtrak station is located along the main line east of the former Benton Harbor Branch crossing and west of the former junctions with the South Bend and Air Line Branches. Amtrak uses the old Michigan Central Railroad station; the current structure was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] Niles Station serves the Wolverine and Blue Water which lead to other stations in Michigan and Indiana before terminating in Chicago. East of Niles, the Wolverine and Blue Water share stations until after Battle Creek Station. Baggage cannot be checked at this location; however, up to two suitcases in addition to any "personal items" such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant equipment are allowed on board as carry-ons.

Of the 22 Michigan stations served by Amtrak, Niles was the 13th-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 50 passengers daily.[4]

Movie scenes and Christmas lights

Niles Depot has been used in on-locations scenes of at least three movies. Continental Divide, starring John Belushi and Blair Brown, Midnight Run, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and Only the Lonely starring John Candy and Ally Sheedy. It was the latter of these three which spawned a tradition of adding Christmas lights and decorations around the station annually.[5] It was also featured in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b State of Michigan (2009). "Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Michigan Historical Marker: Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  5. ^ Christmas Lights at Niles (Michigan Passenger Stations)

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Amtrak – Stations – Niles, MI
  • Niles Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide—Train Web)
  • Niles Depot (Michigan Passenger Stations)
  • Niles Station (Great Railroad Stations Index)
  • Niles, MI (NLS) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
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