Buffalo (Depew), NY feels like a rural but staffed Amtrak station even though it serves the suburbs of New York's second largest city, in the village of Depew. It is though the only station served by the Lake Shore Limited and has amenities like checked baggage service since the station is also a service stop on the Lake Shore Limited. The Maple Leaf and two Empire Service trains that extended to Niagara Falls stop here as well as at Exchange St located in downtown Buffalo. The station opened in November 1979 replacing service to the spectactular Central Terminal that has laid abandoned ever since
The stop has one single low-level side platform with a tactile warning strip and trains use stools for a shorter step between the train and the platform, new modern Amtrak station signs were also installed along with a wheelchair lift and an enclosure for it using ARRA funds. This platform is canopied in portions and not in others and slightly set back from it is a 1970s era brick station house with a fully staffed ticket window and checked baggage service. There are some benches and vending machines inside. A canopy stretches from the station building over the main walkway out to the platform and along a good portion of the platform providing protection from the elements. Outside of the station house is a driveway and some parking lots along with a line of taxis for transportation to the surrounding areas. There is nothing much else in the area in terms of amenities.
Photos 1-4: 18 July, 2006; 5-25: 5 August, 2011; 26-32: 2 July, 2016
Last Updated: 13 July, 2011