Princeton (Amtrak station)

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Princeton Illinois Amtrak station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 107 Bicentennial Drive
Princeton, IL 61356
Coordinates 41°23′07″N 89°28′01″W / 41.3852°N 89.4669°W / 41.3852; -89.4669Coordinates: 41°23′07″N 89°28′01″W / 41.3852°N 89.4669°W / 41.3852; -89.4669
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 1998
Station code PCT
Owned by BNSF Railway
Passengers (2014) 35,786[1] Decrease 0.9%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
toward Quincy
Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg
  Former services  
Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
toward Denver
Main Line
Location of the Princeton, IL Amtrak Station.
Location of the Princeton, IL Amtrak Station.
Location within Illinois
Not to be confused with Princeton Junction (Amtrak station).

Princeton Amtrak station is a train station located at 107 Bicentennial Drive in Princeton, Illinois. The station was built in 1911 by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad[2] and is listed as "Princeton City" on the Amtrak website and the List of Amtrak stations. Amtrak, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the city worked together to renovate the depot in 1998. Over the following six years, a new roof and gutters were installed, brickwork was repaired and the restrooms were upgraded.[3]

The station is adjacent to Darius Miller Park, which was named in honor of Darius Miller, president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) from 1910 to 1914; officials from the CB&Q donated the land for the park following Miller's death.[4]

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:


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Princeton, Illinois; Great American Stations (Amtrak)
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 28, 2013.
  4. ^ Barker, Donna (July 6, 2011). "Darius Miller needs a facelift". Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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