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Once slated for demolition, the depot was saved through a community-led effort and now houses a waiting room, Temple Transit offices and the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum.

Temple, Texas, railroad station.

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2023): $776,798
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2023): 13463
  • Facility Ownership: City of Temple
  • Parking Lot Ownership: City of Temple
  • Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Track Ownership: BNSF Railway

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
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Amtrak is located in Temple’s historic Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) station, built in 1911. This red brick and stucco Santa Fe depot is a quintessential example of Prairie-Beaux Arts architecture. The Santa Fe’s trademark, a cross in a circle, is displayed in the brickwork. The depot is featured in Jay C. Henry’s Architecture in Texas 1895-1945. The depot once served as the Southern Division headquarters of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe, an ATSF subsidiary.

In 1985, the Santa Fe vacated the building. It was slated for demolition, but a community effort led to its preservation. In 1995, the city of Temple purchased the depot and five acres of surrounding land, then submitted a grant application to the Texas Department of Transportation for funds to restore the station. The city received $2.4 million in ISTEA funds and restorations began in September 1999. The Railroad & Heritage Museum, formerly located in the 1908 Gulf, Colorado, & Santa Fe in Moody, Texas, depot, moved to Temple when the renovation was completed in the summer of 2000. Temple Transit has offices in the depot.

Temple, the “Wildflower Capital of Texas,” was named for Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway surveyor Bernard Moore Temple. It was founded in 1881 as a railroad town and was once the home of the Santa Fe Railway’s employee hospital. Both BNSF Railway Co., (the successor to ATSF) and Union Pacific have lines serving the city, and a BNSF rail yard and locomotive maintenance facility are located there. North of Temple, the Texas Eagle uses BNSF tracks; south of Temple, Union Pacific tracks.

The city is known for its health services, and is home to more physicians per capita than any other community in the country. The city is surrounded by lush prairie land, woodlands, and Lake Belton, a popular recreational destination and what is claimed to be one of the cleanest lakes in Texas. Temple is the hometown of football legends “Mean Joe” Greene and Sammy Baugh, actor Rip Torn, and Spoon singer Britt Daniel. Temple is mentioned in the novel and film, No Country for Old Men.

Features

  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • No payphones
  • No Quik-Trak kiosks
  • No Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
  • No vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least minutes prior to departure
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • No checked baggage service
  • No checked baggage storage
  • Bike boxes not available
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • No bag storage
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance

Parking

    Indicates an accessible service.

Accessibility

  • No payphones
  • No accessible restrooms
  • No accessible ticket office
  • No accessible waiting room
  • No accessible water fountain
  • No high platform
  • No wheelchair
  • No wheelchair lift

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
No station waiting room hours at this location.
Ticket Office Hours
No ticket office at this location.
Passenger Assistance Hours
No passenger assistance service at this location.
Checked Baggage Service
No checked baggage at this location.
Parking Hours
No parking at this location.
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
No Quik-Trak kiosks at this location.
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
No Amtrak Express at this location.