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Ocala, FL
Ocalaunionstation2.jpg
A frontal view of the Ocala Union Station.
Location 531 Northeast First Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34770
Line(s) Thruway Motorcoach service to the Silver Meteor and Silver Star
Other information
Station code OCA
History
Opened 1917
Closed 2004
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Wildwood
toward Miami
Floridian
(1971–1979)
Waldo
toward Chicago
Palmetto Waldo
toward New York
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Candler
toward St. Petersburg
Ocala District Kendrick
Preceding station Seaboard Air Line Railroad Following station
Wildwood
toward Tampa or Miami
Main Line Waldo
toward Richmond
Ocala Union Station
Ocalaunionstation1.jpg
Location Ocala, Florida
Architect A. M. Williamson Walkup
NRHP reference No. 97001557
Added to NRHP December 22, 1997

The Ocala Union Station (also known as Union Station Plaza) is a historic site in Ocala, Florida, United States. It is located at 531 Northeast First Avenue, and was built in 1917 by both the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line Railroads. Prior to this, ACL and SAL had separate depots in Ocala. The former ACL station was originally built by the Florida Southern Railroad, while the former SAL station was built by the Florida Transit and Peninsular Railroad. On December 22, 1997, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

History

The station's ACL New York-originating trains included the West Coast Champion and Havana Special. Those trains made connections in Jacksonville's Union Station for trains to Mid-Western cities, the City of Miami, Dixie Flagler, Dixie Flyer, Dixie Limited, Flamingo, Seminole, South Wind. The station was on the SAL's main line, as such it served the New York-originating Camellia, Palmland, Sunland, Silver Meteor and Silver Star.

The station served in the 1970s Amtrak's Silver Meteor and Chicago-Miami Floridian. In the 1980s and 1990s it served Amtrak's Silver Palm. It also served as a stop for Amtrak's Palmetto service until 2004, using the Seaboard Air Line's former tracks, now part of the Wildwood Subdivision, a segment of the CSX S Line. The former Atlantic Coast Line tracks are now part of Florida Northern Railroad. Currently Amtrak exclusively offers bus service from the station twice a day: one run to connect to the Silver Star in Lakeland and one to connect in Jacksonville. There are several intermediate stops in each direction.

Ocala's SunTran bus service still uses the station to this day. The Shuttleliner limo/van service offers several trips daily to Orlando International Airport from the station. Greyhound service will be provided at the Pilot Travel Center at 4032 W. Highway 326, two blocks east of Interstate 75.

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