Mattoon (Amtrak station)

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Mattoon
IL Central depot in Mattoon.jpg
Front and western side
Station statistics
Address 1718 Broadway Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938
Coordinates 39°28′58″N 88°22′34″W / 39.4829°N 88.3760°W / 39.4829; -88.3760Coordinates: 39°28′58″N 88°22′34″W / 39.4829°N 88.3760°W / 39.4829; -88.3760
Line(s)
  Illini
  Saluki
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1918
Station code MAT
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 44,598[1] Increase 6.2%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward New Orleans
City of New Orleans
toward Chicago
toward Carbondale
Illini and Saluki
  Former services  
Illinois Central
toward New Orleans
Main Line
toward Peoria
Peoria – Evansville
toward Evansville
Illinois Central Railroad Depot
Mattoon (Amtrak station) is located in Illinois
Mattoon (Amtrak station)
Location Mattoon, Illinois, USA
Coordinates 39°28′58″N 88°22′34″W / 39.4829°N 88.3760°W / 39.4829; -88.3760
Built 1918
NRHP Reference #
  1. 02000098

The Mattoon Amtrak station is a train station in Mattoon, Illinois, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The station is a flag stop on the City of New Orleans route.

History[edit]

The Mattoon Amtrak Station is housed in the former Illinois Central Railroad Depot. The depot was completed in 1918 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[2] At its height, the building housed a power plant, mail room, luggage room, and restaurant, in addition to the main hall where passengers waited to board trains. As many as ten trains a day departed the depot in the 1950s.[3]

During 2010, a $3 million restoration project, paid for from a mix of private, state, and federal funding, was undertaken, replacing paint, flooring, and other interior fixtures.[4]

The depot today[edit]

There are no Amtrak employees at the station; the doors unlock and lock automatically before and after the arrival and departure of trains.[citation needed] The station currently serves as a stop for the Illini, Saluki, and City of New Orleans passenger trains [5] The tracks themselves, formerly part of the Illinois Central Railroad, are now owned by the Canadian National Railway (CN).[6] Freight trains run by CN pass through frequently.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ National Register of Historic Places listings for Coles County, Illinois. www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com
  3. ^ Project Depot: History. www.projectdepot.org
  4. ^ "Renovations complete on eastern Ill. train depot". Chicago Tribune. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 27, 2013.

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