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Deland FL

Deland, Florida

Deland, Florida Amtrak Station

2491 Old New York Avenue, Deland 32720

Tell 'Em How You Feel


  • Amtrak President Alex Kummant, President and CEO National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 60 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
  • Amtrak Board of Directors

    State Legislature

  • Senator
  • Assemblyperson
March 18, 2008

(March 19, 2008, from Railway Age Track and Structures website )

"The DeLand Amtrak station, just west of town on Old New York Avenue, has survived 90 years of change, including a fire. Now it's being prepared to serve West Volusia for the remainder of this century, local newspapers report. The station opened in 1918, in the days of steam engines. It was known as the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad DeLand Junction passenger depot.

"The station has been renovated over the past couple of years. In recent months, efforts have been concentrated on the interior, with work led by Mark Shuttleworth and his team from Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques in Downtown DeLand. New ceilings, new drywall and new paint mark the restoration process. A new roof was completed about a year-and-a-half ago.

"Fueled by a $500,000 Florida transportation grant, major restoration work began in 2006, after Amtrak and CSX Transportation, which owns the land, reached a partnership agreement. Along with the new roof, the station got rebuilt restrooms, access for people with disabilities, new period-looking light fixtures, and a rebuilt platform and canopy.

"The waiting room is now a lovely piece of Victoriana, with graceful wooden benches, potted plants, and carefully framed newspaper clippings and pictures of trains. An antique brass spittoon, donated by Florida Victorian, sits in a display case, a reminder of Victorian-era fixtures. "In 2007, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation honored the DeLand train station as a Preservation Award Winner for outstanding achievement in restoration and rehabilitation, calling it "an intrinsic resource for the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor."

"The station may become part of the commuter rail that will connect DeLand to Orlando and other Central Florida communities, bringing together the past and the future."

Deland is the Sunset's stop for Daytona Beach.

Of course, this wonderful old-new station would also serve the Sunset Limited when it is restored to full coast to coast service. If that's important to you, let the folks in the column at the right know that the interstate Sunset Limited need to be back. Before Amtrak adds service in Florida at Florida's expense, it needs to demonstrate its good faith by restoring the interstate Sunset Limited west to New Orleans, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

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