Galesburg (Amtrak station)
The station house.
|Location||225 South Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
|Owned by||City of Galesburg|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Connections||Burlington Trailways, Galesburg Transit|
|Passengers (2014)||100,871 2.7%|
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.
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. 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.
- "Illinois/Missouri Routes Timetable" (PDF). November 8, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- Great American Stations. Retrieved January 30, 2011
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Google (December 17, 2010). "Galesburg (Amtrak station)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 17, 2010.
- "Illinois State Rail Plan: Chapter 4" (PDF). Illinois Department of Transportation. November 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- 2010 Schedule
- Trails & Rails Program