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What has become of the old Seaboard Air Line Miami, Florida, depot, which was located on Northwest Seventh Avenue?
-- Paul Seidenman (email@example.com), January 23, 2001
If this was the station next to the old miami baseball stadium it was torn down but the archway at the east entrance was preserved.The last time I went by it was still there. That was about a year ago. The Seaboard logo is inscribed on the archway.
The Amtrak station in north Miami is a new moderm looking station and was built at south end of the CSX (SCL) freight yard. It is located at N.W. 37th Avenue and N.W. 83rd Street
-- bob levasseur (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 15, 2002.
Many thanks for your kind reply to my question about the old Seaboard depot in Miami.
I wasn't surprised to learn that it was torn down. I recall using it during the 1960s when I rode the Seaboard, ACL and later SCL streamliners to and from Washington, DC, where I lived until I moved to San Francisco 14 years ago. I will tell you that even when I used the station, it had a rundown appearance and looked like something from a Third World country. Hopefully, it was replaced by something decent. I understand that Amtrak uses a facility in North Miami. If you can tell me anything about it, I'd find that interesting, too. Again, thank you for taking the time to write.
-- Paul Seidenman (Avwriter@Pacbell.net), January 31, 2001.
Demolished. As a lot of Florida items from the 1920's, the building appeared to be more than it was. It was a wooden building, covered with stucco. Years of water leaks, uncertain maintenance resulted in the building being ready to collapse. The location also resulted in high operating costs-trains had to be backed out of the station and taken several miles away to be serviced, long trains would block city streets, resulting in a need to double trains on the platform tracks, all of which requiring the services of switchers and their crews- meaning that a lot of money was spent. AMTRAK certainly was not about to pay a lot of money to fix the building, nor was it willing to live with the added operational costs.
I remember the station from the 1960's-it was dingy then, and appeared to need a good stiff cleaning. The wood wasnt equal to that used in the FEC station-old growth Dade County pine, and it slowly succombed to a humid climate.
-- Michael W. Savchak (Savchak @MNR.org), January 29, 2001.