Las Vegas station (Nevada)

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Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas station, November 1982.jpg
Las Vegas station, November 1982
Location100 South Main Street Las Vegas, NV 89101
United States
Coordinates 36°10′20″N 115°08′50″W / 36.172355°N 115.147114°W / 36.172355; -115.147114
Latitude and Longitude:

36°10′20″N 115°08′50″W / 36.172355°N 115.147114°W / 36.172355; -115.147114
Owned by Plaza Hotel & Casino
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
OpenedJuly 7, 1979
ClosedMay 12, 1997
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Barstow Desert Wind Caliente
toward Chicago
Las Vegas Limited Terminus
Preceding station Union Pacific Railroad Following station
Bracken Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Wann

Las Vegas station was a passenger railroad station in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is connected to the rear of the Plaza Hotel & Casino and was in service from 1971 until the demise of the Desert Wind in 1997. [1]

Las Vegas Union Pacific Station

Union Pacific Station, Las Vegas, ca. 1940–1945

Prior to the construction of the casino, part of the site was used for a Streamline Moderne train station. [2] Constructed in 1940, the station was upgraded with neon lights in 1946. [3]

The station served several Union Pacific trains a day, due for Los Angeles to the west and Salt Lake City, then Chicago and St. Louis to the east. In 1954 early morning departures, the City of Los Angeles and the City of St. Louis headed to Los Angeles headed from the station, and afternoon and evening trains, the Challenger and the Gold Coast-Pony Express departed for Los Angeles. [4] All of these trains, save for the Gold Coast, lasted until Amtrak assumed responsibility for the Union Pacific's passenger operations in May 1971.

This station was demolished in 1971 and replaced by the Union Plaza Hotel, which included a small waiting room to be used as a station for Amtrak trains.

Union Plaza Hotel and Casino station

The Union Plaza Hotel and Casino, originally called the Union Plaza in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that stood at the site, opened on July 2, 1971. Its original owners included local business people Sam Boyd, Howard Cannon, Jackie Gaughan, and Frank Scott.

Passenger service returned briefly in 1976 with Amtrak's Las Vegas Limited and in 1979 with the Desert Wind.

From 1990 to 1992, the red neon object was installed at the top of the neon sign.

Before the discontinuation of the Desert Wind train route on May 10, 1997, Amtrak's Las Vegas station was located at the Plaza. The station and ticket windows were directly connected to the hotel. It was the only train station in the U.S. located in a casino.

Today, Las Vegas is served by Greyhound Bus from the Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its two Las Vegas bus stops are located at McCarran International Airport and in Downtown Las Vegas, near Union Plaza station.

Future plans

Amtrak plans for restoration of Las Vegas rail service surfaced almost immediately after the discontinuation of the Desert Wind. These plans recommended using Talgo trains between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, similar to Amtrak's Cascades route in the Pacific Northwest. This plan was never implemented and Las Vegas went without passenger rail service. Las Vegas is the largest metro area in the US without passenger rail service.

In 2005 DesertXpress Enterprises LLC was formed in an attempt to restore passenger rail service to Las Vegas, though their Las Vegas terminal is planned to be a newly-constructed station. [5]

A competing company, Las Vegas Railway Express, also plans to begin passenger rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California, though at lower speeds.


  1. ^ Marroquin, Art (August 21, 2016). "Rails remain, but Amtrak left Las Vegas with the Desert Wind". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Art Deco Train Stations". Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  3. ^ "UP Railroad Station 1946 – Las Vegas". Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  4. ^ Union Pacific timetable, September 1954, Table 3
  5. ^ "DesertXpress Vol2: Appendix_A-3_Station_Site_Plan.pdf". United States Department of Transportation. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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