Dade City station

Dade City station is a railroad station and historic site located in Dade City, Florida, United States. The station is located on CSX's S-Line, which runs along the east side of the building. On July 15, 1994, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Dade City, FL
Dade City ACL Railroad Depot7.jpg
Platform side view of Dade City station
General information
Location14218 U.S. Highway 98
Dade City, Florida
Owned byAmtrak
Line(s)Thruway Motorcoach service to the Silver Meteor and Silver Star
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks3 (2 active)
ConnectionsPasco County Public Transportation
Other information
Station codeDDE
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Miami
toward New York
Preceding station Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Following station
Triliby High Springs – Lakeland Vitis
toward Lakeland
Dade City Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot
Dade City station is located in Florida
Dade City station
Dade City station is located in the United States
Dade City station
LocationDade City, Florida
Coordinates28°21′52″N 82°11′4″W / 28.36444°N 82.18444°W / 28.36444; -82.18444Coordinates: 28°21′52″N 82°11′4″W / 28.36444°N 82.18444°W / 28.36444; -82.18444
Architectural styleMasonry Vernacular
NRHP reference No.94000706[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 15, 1994


Built in 1912 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (now CSX Transportation), it is located on the U.S. 98/301 Bypass, across the street from East Meridian Avenue (SR 52). Until 1957 it served as a station on a secondary mainline from Trilby to Tampa, serving the ACL's Southland en route to Tampa.[3]

In 1971, most passenger service in the United States was transferred to Amtrak, but Dade City still remained without passenger service.[4] Throughout the latter part of the 20th century, Amtrak would move trains off and onto the S-Line. Some of these trains include the Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Floridian, and Palmetto. However, Dade City still remained without service. Finally, in 1990, Amtrak brought passenger service back to Dade City by rerouting the Silver Star over the S-Line through Ocala and Wildwood, FL to Miami.[5] Amtrak later rerouted the Silver Star again to the CSX A-Line through Orlando in 1996, and instead revived the Silver Palm along the S-Line, where it would keep its name, sleepers, and diner until 2002. In 2002, the train would be renamed back to Palmetto.[6][7] Two years later, the Palmetto was truncated to Savannah, Georgia on November 1, 2004, prompting Amtrak to revive Silver Star service to Tampa along the CSX A-Line shared by the current Silver Meteor, and part of the suspended Sunset Limited, and ending passenger service to Dade City once again. Today, the station operates as a museum, and Amtrak's Thruway Motorcoach bus service between Jacksonville and Lakeland still uses the station building.


The station was preserved and reopened as a tourist destination with a grand re-opening held on October 23, 2008.[2] Through efforts from the city and local residents, the depot was transformed into the Dade City Heritage and Cultural Museum in 2018, where it now houses artifacts, photographs, documents, and records of historic places and longtime residents of Dade City. The museum consists of a main exhibition space, a model train room, and a Community Archive and Reading Room, where residents can conduct research on Dade City's people and history. The museum is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and maintains close ties to the city of Dade City.



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Travis, Helen Anne (October 23, 2008). "Depot takes berth in history". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, FL. p. 42 – via  
  3. ^ "Atlantic Coast Line". Official Guide of the Railways. December 1954. Table 30.
  4. ^ Amtrak Timetable effective December 17, 1971, p. 59
  5. ^ Amtrak Timetable effective April 1, 1990, p. 35
  6. ^ Amtrak Timetable effective November 10, 1996, p. 29
  7. ^ Amtrak Timetable effective April 29, 2002, p. 33

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