New Amtrak Station Dedication Ceremony
October 26, 2009 — Amtrak has issued a new press release. The new Amtrak Station Dedication Ceremony drew approximately two hundred people.
Mayor Rusty Geisler spoke at the event:
Mike Franke, Amtrak Assistant Vice President for Policy and Development, also spoke:
John Proos, Michigan House of Representatives:
Al Pscholka, Congressman Upton's Office:
Cutting the ribbon - Mike Franke, Rusty Geisler, John Proos, and Al Pscholka:
The station is now officially open - Mike Franke, Rusty Geisler, John Proos, and Al Pscholka:
The first official stop at the new station:
The New Buffalo High School Band plays during the event:
Conductors thank the NBHS Band:
Mayor Geisler greets Park and Recreation Board Member Karren Harmon - she is the first person to arrive at the new station now that the station is officially open; also pictured is Harbor Commissioner Scott Ecklund:
For more pictures from the dedication ceremony, please see the additional pictures page.
AMTRAK UPDATE – SEE "NEW AMTRAK STATION DEDICATION" BELOW
October 22, 2009 — Amtrak has issued a new schedule. Starting October 26, New Buffalo will have two westbound and two eastbound stops daily at the new station, 226 North Whittaker St., New Buffalo, MI.
1. The Blue Water Train 364 will depart Chicago's Union Station at 4:10 PM Central Time to travel non-stop to arrive at New Buffalo's new station at 6:23 PM Eastern Time. Additional stops will be made at Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, East Lansing, Durand, Flint, Lapeer, and Port Huron.
2. The Wolverine Train 354 will depart Chicago's Union Station at 6:00 PM Central Time to travel first to Michigan City, were it will depart at 7:04 PM Central Time. It will arrive at New Buffalo's new station at 8:16 PM Eastern Time. Additional stops will be made at Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Albion, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Pontiac.
1. The Blue Water Train 365 will depart New Buffalo's new station at 11:34 AM Eastern Time to travel non-stop to arrive at Chicago's Union Station at 11:59 AM Central Time. This train came from Port Huron, stopping at Lapeer, Flint, Durand, East Lansing, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Dowagiac, and Niles.
2. The Wolverine Train 355 will depart New Buffalo's new station at 10:25 PM Eastern Time to travel to Michigan City and depart at 9:38 PM Central Time, then to Hammond-Whiting where it departs at 10:25 PM Central Time, and then it arrives at Chicago's Union Station at 11:03 PM Central Time. This train came from Pontiac, stopping at Birmingham, Royal Oak, Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Albion, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Dowagiac, and Niles.
UNOFFICIAL FIRST STOP
On October 21, 2009, Amtrak made its first stop at New Buffalo's new station, 226 North Whittaker St. Due to issues with the Pere Marquette service, Amtrak made this previously unplanned stop to load passengers onto buses to finish the route. The first official stop will occur during the dedication ceremony on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.
Due to the short notice, only a limited number of people were present during this impromptu stop, but Amtrak passengers and staff received a warm New Buffalo welcome.
The first train to arrive at the new station:
Mayor Rusty Geisler greets the first passenger to use New Buffalo's train station, Louis Lehr:
Mayor Rusty Geisler, the conductor, the engineer, City Council Member Migs Murray, and Mayor Pro Tem Jack Kennedy:
Mayor Pro Tem Jack Kennedy and Mayor Rusty Geisler assist a passenger with her luggage:
NEW AMTRAK STATION DEDICATION
October 14, 2009 — The City of New Buffalo is pleased to announce that the dedication ceremony for the City's new Amtrak Station will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. The new station is located at 226 North Whittaker St., New Buffalo, MI.
The dedication ceremony is being held to coincide with the beginning of continuous use of the station. The first train to stop at the new station will be the Blue Water's Train 365, heading westbound to Chicago.
On the day of dedication, Train 365 will be departing from Niles at 11:09 AM, then arriving at New Buffalo at approximately 11:30 AM Eastern Time (time subject to change upon receiving an update from Amtrak), and then it will travel non-stop to arrive at Chicago's Union Station at 11:59 AM Central Time.
The train stopping in New Buffalo during the dedication will be fully operational. People will be able to board and disembark at that time. Tickets will be available through Amtrak.com.
Now that the new station is complete, Amtrak passenger service will be continuously available for the Blue Water and Wolverine starting on the day of dedication.
The Blue Water (Trains 364 and 365) will offer non-stop daily service between Chicago's Union Station and New Buffalo's new station. The line continues on with stops at Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, East Lansing, Durand, Flint, Lapeer, and Port Huron.
The Wolverine (Trains 354 and 355) runs daily between Chicago and Detroit, then Pontiac. Stops on this line include Chicago, Hammond, Michigan City, New Buffalo, Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Albion, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Pontiac.
Arrival and departure times for the new station in New Buffalo are to be announced by Amtrak.
Service at New Buffalo's old Amtrak station, at the intersection of Whittaker and Washington Streets, will be discontinued at the start of service at the new station. That station serves the Pere Marquette - Trains 370 and 371. It is the Chicago-Grand Rapids line which also stops in Saint Joseph-Benton Harbor, Bangor-South Haven, and Holland.