Galesburg (Amtrak station)
The station house.
|Address||225 South Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
|Connections||Burlington Trailways, Galesburg Transit|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Tracks||2, construction will begin on a third track|
|Owned by||City of Galesburg|
|Passengers (2013)||103,717 2.6%|
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 2 tracks with 1 island and 1 side platform. Trains to California normally arrive on Track one (western track and closer to station house) and platform on the side platform. Trains to Quincy must arrive on Track two and platform on the island platform as trains divert from the main line just south of the station on to a track known as the Quincy Main Line.
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 Dash-9 locomotive is also put on a side track for visitors to look at. 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. The side platform already had a tactile warning strip.
Trails & Rails program
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. More information and a current schedule can be found at the link below: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/trailsandrails/index.htm.
- "Illinois/Missouri Routes Timetable" (PDF). November 8, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- Erie Timmons (May 6, 2011). "Crossings could grow quieter soon". Galesburg Register-Mail. Retrieved May 6, 2011. "...will see a third track added on the southeast side of the company's existing tracks from the BNSF yard to the northeast on the Mendota Subdivision all the way out of Galesburg, city officials said. The track will improve the flow of both freight and passenger trains."
- Great American Stations. Retrieved January 30, 2011
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Google Inc. "Galesburg (Amtrak station)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Galesburg,+IL&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=34.587666,78.925781&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Galesburg,+Knox,+Illinois&ll=40.943914,-90.364426&spn=0.002014,0.006861&t=h&z=18. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
- 2010 Schedule