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Train Depot gets new signs

By Staff | Dec 13, 2016

The Rugby train depot’s signs were recently reproduced. Two new signs were completed, and one existing sign remains.

The new signs are exactly like the old ones, according to Dale Niewoehner, coordinator of this project.

“Amtrak has been very good about trying to maintain the historical appearance of the building,” Niewoehner said.

The original signs were made when the building was built as the Great Northern Passenger Depot in 1907.

iDesign made the lettering for the new signs, which are black on top of a white background. Amtrak paid for the project’s completion, as well as cleaned and refurbished the sign brackets.

Niewoehner, who has been involved with Amtrak since the late 1980s, said he is pleased with how the depot is being handled in Rugby.

“I think the depot is doing quite well considering the fact that we don’t have an agent,” he said. The depot is currently being run by a caretaker.

Although there is no longer a ticketing station at the Rugby station, trains still stop every morning and every night. The morning train stops at 6:56 a.m. and the night train stops at 10:43 p.m., approximately.

Passengers interested in traveling by train can purchase tickets online at the Amtrak website, by telephone, or through the conductor when the train is stopped.

Niewoehner suggests purchasing tickets online or by phone, however, as trains may be full and ticket prices may be elevated through the conductor.

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