Niles Railroad Depot is a train station located at 598 Dey St. in Niles, Michigan. The depot is served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system of the United States. The Amtrak station is located along the main line east of the former Benton Harbor Branch crossing and west of the former junctions with the South Bend and Air Line Branches. Amtrak uses the old Michigan Central Railroad station; the current structure was built in 1892 to a design by architects Spier and Rohns, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is also known as the Michigan Central Station. The Niles station is served by the Wolverine and Blue Water which lead to other stations in Michigan and Indiana before terminating in Chicago.
The Amtrak project had several challenges. The most difficult of the challenges was finding a close match to the sandstone on the building which originally quarried in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near Sault Ste. Marie. This quarry was no longer open nor were there any quarries nearby that were still in operation. After countless attempts to find a matching stone, RAM Construction Services was able to acquire an exact match of sandstone salvaged from a building that was previously torn down. After we received the stone, the architect indicated the damaged units that were to be replaced. The use of tenting and temporary heat to install the new stone units was imperative during the restoration