Santa Rosa–Railroad Square station

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Santa Rosa–Railroad Square
Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit
SMART train station
SMART Train 2017 Santa Rosa.jpg
The station during the free ride trial period in July 2017
Location 7 4th Street
Santa Rosa, California
United States
Line(s) NWP
Tracks 2
Construction
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 4
History
Opened 1903
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) (SMART preview)[1]
August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25) (SMART full service)
Closed ca. 1958 (NWP)
Previous names Santa Rosa
Services
Preceding station   Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit   Following station
SMART
toward San Rafael
  Former services  
Preceding station   Northwestern Pacific Railroad   Following station
Healdsburg
toward Eureka
  Redwood[2]   Cotati
toward San Rafael
Fulton
toward Eureka
  San Francisco to Eureka[3]   Bellvue
toward Sausalito Ferry Terminal
Terminus   Sebastopol Branch[4]   Kenilworth
toward Sebastopol
Preceding station   Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad   Following station
Macdonald
Terminus
  Interurban   Stop 45
toward Petaluma
Railroad Square District
Santa Rosa–Railroad Square station is located in California
Santa Rosa–Railroad Square station
Site of station in California
Santa Rosa–Railroad Square station is located in the US
Santa Rosa–Railroad Square station
Santa Rosa–Railroad Square station (the US)
Coordinates 38°26′16″N 122°43′18″W / 38.4377°N 122.7218°W / 38.4377; -122.7218Coordinates: 38°26′16″N 122°43′18″W / 38.4377°N 122.7218°W / 38.4377; -122.7218
Built by Northwestern Pacific Railroad
NRHP reference # 79000561
Added to NRHP April 20, 1979

Santa Rosa–Railroad Square is a Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit train station in Santa Rosa. It opened to SMART preview service on July 1, 2017;[1] full commuter service commenced on August 25, 2017. It is located west of Wilson Street between 4th and 5th Streets, across the U.S. Route 101 freeway from downtown at the site of the Santa Rosa Northwestern Pacific Railroad Depot.

History[edit]

Postcard of a Northwestern Pacific Railroad train at the Santa Rosa station in 1911.
Santa Rosa Depot in 2010

The original Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP) Depot was built in 1903. Surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the station was eventually served by ten trains a day. Increased automobile ownership and highway construction led to decline of rail use in Sonoma County, thus leading to disuse of the facility as a passenger terminal[5] around 1958.

In popular culture[edit]

Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 film, Shadow of a Doubt, featured scenes filmed at the original NWP depot.[6]

The 2003 film, Cheaper by the Dozen, features a scene of the station when Tom Baker, played by Steve Martin, reunites with his family after finding his runaway son.

Railroad Square Historic District[edit]

The station is the focal point of the Railroad Square Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places historic district designated in 1979.

The station from another angle

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SMART Public Preview Rides". SMART. SMART. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Northwestern Pacific Railroad Timetable". Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network. Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "San Francisco, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Willits, Longvale, Dos Rios, Island Mountain, Fort Seward and Eureka – Via Sausalito". Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network. Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "San Francisco, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Willits, Longvale, Dos Rios, Island Mountain, Fort Seward and Eureka – Via Sausalito". Northwestern Pacific Railroad Network. Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "A History of Railroad Square". Historic Railroad Square Association. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Fimrite, Peter (18 April 2008). "Windsor rebuilds depot sans train". Hears Communications. San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 

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