SAN BERNARDINO AT&SF DEPOT 1170 W. THIRD STREET
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA 92410 -USA
Location: I-215 NORTHBOUND EXIT 43: WEST ON W.2ND, RIGHT ON K ST., WEST ON W.3RD - OR SOUTHBOUND EXIT 44, WEST ON W. 3RD TO DEPOT
Web Site: http://www.sbdepotmuseum.com/
RAILROAD DEPOT HISTORICAL LANDMARK RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE RAILROAD MUSEUM TRAIN SPOTTING LOCATION
Comments/Directions: The San Bernardino depot built in 1918 by the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe rr (now BNSF) is a magnificent example of classic Spanish Mission Revival architecture, with red clay tile roof and wide broad-eaved gable roof lines, white stucco exterior, mission parapets and arched window/door openings,. It incorporates features of Moorish Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles that add magnificence and complexity.
The depot's massive 2-1/2 story centerpiece sports four corner towers topped with domes (Moorish Revival) which are signatory for this the largest depot west of the Mississippi when built. Also incorporated are numerous mission-style facades and parapets such as the parapets with corner mini domes facing both front and trackside at the west end of the 400-foot long structure. Having replaced the 1886 two-and-a-half-story wooden structure that burned in 1916, it is one of the oldest train stations in California and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (in 2001). Completion of Historic Route 66 in 1920, which passed nearby, began a decline of passenger service and disrepair. The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) purchased the station from Santa Fe rr in 1992 and began extensive restoration in 2004. The San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum is housed here.
The California Southern rr completed the rail line through San Bernardino, connecting San Diego to Barstow in 1885; and it became the terminus of ATSF rr's connection to Chicago and remains one of the busiest freight and passenger routes.
Of note is the TRAIN SPOTTING opportunity trackside with the adjacent BNSF intermodal container freight yard and Amtrak "Southwest Chief" thru service from LA to Chicago. Located immediately west at the depot is the eastern terminus of LA metrolink service.