Elkhart (Amtrak station)

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Elkhart
Elkhart Amtrak Station - September 22, 2007.jpg
The Elkhart Amtrak Station. Picture taken from across the tracks at the National New York Central Railroad Museum.
Station statistics
Address 131 Tyler Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46515
Coordinates 41°40′50″N 85°58′18″W / 41.6806°N 85.9717°W / 41.6806; -85.9717Coordinates: 41°40′50″N 85°58′18″W / 41.6806°N 85.9717°W / 41.6806; -85.9717
Line(s)
Connections Interurban Trolley
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes; free
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 1900
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code EKH
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 20,080[1] Increase 11% (Amtrak)
Services
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Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Capitol Limited
Lake Shore Limited
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Water Level Route
Terminus Kalamazoo Branch
toward Grand Rapids
Old Road
toward Toledo

Elkhart is a train station in Elkhart, Indiana served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. Elkhart is the second station on both the eastbound Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited toward New York City and Washington DC. While the station has a waiting room, it is only open in early mornings and late evenings, half an hour before the first westbound and eastbound train arrives. It does not have a ticket agent, but station does have personnel that can assist riders upon departure and arrival.[2] The station is directly across the tracks from the National New York Central Railroad Museum.

History[edit]

Elkhart Station was originally built in 1900 by the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and had a freight house installed across the tracks in 1907. The building is constructed of red brick trimmed with limestone, which is used for the window surrounds and belt course.[3] The station was originally set amid a well-kept garden that displayed neat beds of colorful flowers and a row of trees along the tracks; this manicured landscape was not only a pretty introduction to the city for first time visitors, but it also buffered the streets of downtown from the noise and dirt associated with steam engines and freight trains.[4] The station and the railroad were acquired by the New York Central Railroad in 1914. NYC merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968, and passenger service was taken over by Amtrak in 1971. The freight house became the National NYC Museum in 1987.

Transit Connections[edit]

MACOG Interurban Trolley's Elkhart-Goshen and Concord routes both stop near the station. However, because of the way the train schedules are currently set up, riders can only connect to westbound trains. Riders who wish to board eastbound trains would have to arrive several hours ahead of time. Elkhart-Goshen route connects to westbound Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains, while Concord route can only connect to westbound Lake Shore Limited train.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Indiana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ As per an account of a National New York Central Railroad museum employee
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 30, 2013.

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