Lakeland (Amtrak station)

Lakeland (Amtrak Station)

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The Lakeland Amtrak station is a train station in Lakeland, Florida, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. Lakeland is unique in that it has two separate Amtrak station codes; one for passengers traveling to points north and the other for passengers traveling points south. Silver Star trains stop at Lakeland twice: before and after stopping at Tampa. Southbound trains (New York to Miami) debark only before Tampa and board only afterwards; northbound trains reverse this order.

History

The original Lakeland Station was built by the South Florida Railroad as far back as between 1884 and 1886. The station opened in 1886 as a two-story wooden structure that was burned down in 1901 and rebuilt shortly afterwards. Unfortunately, the 1902 replacement proved to be inadequate for contemporary railroad needs, and was torn down and replaced in 1910 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad with a one-story brick building. This too would be hit by a fire in February 1918 that caused $25,000 worth of damage, but not enough to destroy the building as the 1901 fire did. The building was given a second story and reopened on January 31, 1919.

The current Lakeland Station was originally built in 1998 as a replacement for the 1960-built station about a mile west of the current station, which became a Seaboard Coast Line station when the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line merged July 1, 1967. Though the passenger platforms and covers remain at the former...
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