Galesburg (Amtrak station)

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For the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Amtrak station on Broad Street in Galesburg, see Galesburg Station (Santa Fe).
Galesburg
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The station house.
Station statistics
Address 225 South Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Coordinates 40°56′41″N 90°21′50″W / 40.9446°N 90.3640°W / 40.9446; -90.3640Coordinates: 40°56′41″N 90°21′50″W / 40.9446°N 90.3640°W / 40.9446; -90.3640
Line(s)
Connections Burlington Trailways,[1] Galesburg Transit
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1984[2]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code GBB
Owned by City of Galesburg
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 103,717[3] Decrease 2.6%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Quincy
Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
toward Denver
Main Line
toward Kansas City
Kansas City – Galesburg Terminus
Terminus Galesburg – Peoria
toward Peoria
Galesburg – Rushville
toward Rushville
Location
Location of the Galesburg Amtrak Station.
Location of the Galesburg Amtrak Station.
Location within Illinois

The Galesburg Amtrak station is a train station in Galesburg, Illinois, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The station was originally built in 1984, after the razing of the large depot just south of the current site. It is located north of the large BNSF Classification yard. Just south the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg diverge via the Quincy main line which bypasses the yard on the east side. The California Zephyr and the Southwest Chief continue to the southwest side of Galesburg near Knox College. There are three tracks with one island and one side platform. Trains to California normally arrive on the track closest to the depot, known as track one. Trains between Quincy and Chicago arrive on track two and platform on the island platform as trains divert from the main line just south of the station and eventually on to the Brookfield Subdivison.[4][5]

It is the main area for Galesburg Railroad Days when it runs during the last weekend of June as bus tours of the rail yards originate from here. A GE Evolution Series locomotive is also put on a side track for visitors to look at.[6] The Galesburg Railroad Museum is next to the property.

The island platform recently received a yellow tactile warning strip that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at an estimated cost of $75,000.[2] The side platform already had a tactile warning strip.

Trails & Rails program[edit]

On certain days of the week, volunteer rangers with the National Park Service provide commentary for train passengers between Chicago, Illinois and La Plata, Missouri on the Southwest Chief. This interpretive program is free of charge for all coach and sleeping car passengers and is presented in the upper level of Amtrak's Sightseer Lounge Car. Volunteers tell passengers about the natural and historical features of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. This program typically takes place during two round-trips per week during the busy summer and winter holiday travel periods. Texas A&M University and the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation in La Plata, MO serve as additional local sponsors.[7]

Connections[edit]

Gallery[edit]

A westbound California Zephyr arriving on track 1 
View down former CB&Q tracks towards Quincy. Trains to Quincy divert from the main line at this point. 
View down the tracks towards Chicago 
View of the platforms from the station house 
An eastbound Illinois Zephyr train arrives on track 2 
A Pullman sleeping car at the Galesburg Railroad Museum 

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