Taylor, TX (TAY)
The city was named for Edward Moses Taylor, an official with the International & Great Northern Railway. In anticipation of the railroad's arrival in 1876, parks, streets and a square were laid out.
118 East First Street
Union Pacific Yard Office
Taylor, TX 76574
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 5,484
- Facility Ownership: N/A
- Parking Lot Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
- Platform Ownership: Amtrak
- Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Amtrak station in Taylor consists of a platform adjacent to the old Union Pacific Railroad (UP) depot, a buff brick structure that houses active UP yard offices.
Taylor’s history is firmly rooted in the railroad. The city was named for Edward Moses Taylor, an official with International & Great Northern Railway (I&GN, later Missouri Pacific) official. On June 26, 1876, the IG&N reached Taylor Station, a small community in the vast cattle ranges of Central Texas. The name was then changed to Taylorsville and finally to Taylor in 1884. In anticipation of the railroad, the Texas Land Company laid out public parks, streets, and a square. The company then sold lots for prices ranging between $20 and $350. The railroad brought farmers and businessmen to Taylor, and the town began to produce large amounts of cotton. In 1882, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (“Katy”) Railroad was extended to Taylorsville and joined with the Missouri Pacific (MP, now UP) to link east and west. In the 1980s, the majestic I&GN and MP station was demolished.
Taylor has an economy based in agriculture and manufacturing and is the most rural community in the Austin metropolitan area. The community takes pride in its ethnic diversity, which includes Czech, Polish, German, Scots-Irish, English, African-American, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern. The city boasts a wide array of restaurants, including famous barbecue. The community celebrates its diversity during the “Taylor History Days.”
The city’s many stately mansions reflect a time of affluence in Taylor’s history. The youngest governor of Texas, Dan Moody, was born in Taylor. His home, built in 1887, now serves as the Governor Dan Moody Birthplace Museum, which received Texas Historic Landmark status in 1968. Moody became governor in 1926 at the age of 33. He was also the first attorney in the United States to win a legal battle against the Ku Klux Klan.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains.
Platform only (no shelter)
- Quik-Trak kiosks not available
- No ticket sales office
- Amtrak Express shipping not available
- No checked baggage service
- No checked baggage storage
- Bike boxes not available
- No baggage carts
- Ski bags not available
- Bag storage not available
- Shipping boxes not available
- No baggage assistance
- Parking available
- Yes short-term parking spaces
- Yes long-term parking spaces