Homewood (Amtrak station)

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Homewood
Homewood Metra Amtrak Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 18015 Park Avenue
Homewood, Illinois 60430
Coordinates 41°33′45″N 87°40′07″W / 41.5624°N 87.6686°W / 41.5624; -87.6686Coordinates: 41°33′45″N 87°40′07″W / 41.5624°N 87.6686°W / 41.5624; -87.6686
Line(s) Amtrak:
  Illini and Saluki
Metra:
Connections Pace Buses
Platforms 2 Island platforms
Tracks 4
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened 1923
Electrified 1926 (Metra only)
(1500v DC)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code HMW
Fare zone E (Metra)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 46,552[1] Increase 8.1% (Amtrak)
Services
Ticket Vending Machine
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans
City of New Orleans
Terminus
toward Carbondale
Illini and Saluki
Metra
Metra Electric District
Main Line
  Former services  
Illinois Central
toward New Orleans
Main Line
Location
Location of the Homewood Amtrak Station.
Location of the Homewood Amtrak Station.
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Location within Illinois

The Homewood Amtrak station is a train station in Homewood, Illinois, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The station also serves the Metra Electric commuter line, and is the location of the Homewood Railroad Park Museum. Homewood is 23.51 miles (37.84 km) from Millennium Station, the northern terminus of the Metra Electric Line.[2] In Metra's zone-based fare system, Homewood is located in zone E. It is also 25 miles (40 km) from Union Station, the nothern terminus of the three Amtrak lines that it serves.

History[edit]

Homewood Station was originally built by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1923 to serve their City of New Orleans and Seminole Limited (now Illini) lines.[3] Three years later, the IC Electric commuter line was served by the station. In 1960 the station also served such IC trains as the Panama Limited, Creole, and Green Diamond. In 1971, Amtrak assumed control of the Illinois Central's passenger operations and continued the Illini and Panama Limited (later the City of New Orleans). Metra purchased the IC Electric lines in 1987. In 2003 the Homewood Rail Heritage Committee approved the installation of a train watching platform for railfans similar to that of the Rochelle Railroad Park in Rochelle, Illinois. As with many suburban Metra stations, bus connections are provided by Pace Transit Systems.

Bus connections[edit]

Pace

  • 356 - Harvey, Homewood, Tinley Park
  • 359 - South Kedzie
  • 372 - Dixie Highway

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - Metra Electric Line
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 21, 2013.

External links[edit]

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