Mendota (Amtrak station)

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Mendota Amtrak station 1.JPG
The station building
Station statistics
Address 8th Street and 6th Avenue
Mendota, IL 61342
Coordinates 41°32′59″N 89°07′02″W / 41.5498°N 89.1171°W / 41.5498; -89.1171Coordinates: 41°32′59″N 89°07′02″W / 41.5498°N 89.1171°W / 41.5498; -89.1171
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened February 23, 1888[1]
Station code MDT
Owned by Mendota Museum and Historical Society
Passengers (2014) 24,019[2]Decrease 5.5%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Quincy
Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg
toward Chicago
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
toward Denver
Main Line
Location of the Mendota Amtrak Station.
Location of the Mendota Amtrak Station.
Location within Illinois

The Mendota Amtrak station is a train station located at 783 Main Street, Mendota, Illinois.

Mendota Station was originally built on February 23, 1888, by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, as a replacement for the former Union Depot that was built in 1853 and burned down in 1885. It originally contained a hotel, restaurants and waiting rooms for passengers, and rooms for railroad employees. In 1942, much of the station was torn down, with little more than the waiting room and ticket office remaining intact.

Today the building is owned and preserved by the Mendota Museum and Historical Society as the Union Depot Railroad Museum.[3] The station is a regular stop for the Illinois Zephyr and the Southwest Chief. The California Zephyr also uses these tracks, but does not stop in Mendota.


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. More information and a current schedule can be found at the link below:


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