Former AT&SF and Amtrak station
|Address||213 North Illinois St
Streator, IL 61364
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Closed||August 1, 1996|
Streator Station was a station located in Streator, Illinois. It was served by numerous Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway passenger trains during its heyday. Amtrak served the station until 1996 with the Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles daily. When the Burlington Northern and the AT&SF railways merged, BNSF built a connecting track between the two main lines east of Cameron, Illinois. (known as the Cameron Connector) This allowed passenger trains to change from the former CB&Q main line to the Southern Transcon freely. This along with the amendment of a stretch of track that was essential for getting to Chicago Union Station forced Amtrak to reroute the Southwest Chief to bypass Chillicothe and Streator.
In 2013, the station received upgrades by BNSF Railway including "a new roof, brickwork, tuck-pointing, and new windows."
World War II Canteen Monument
Streator Station is home to a monument that honors the volunteers who served millions of soldiers and sailors passing by on troop trains. The canteen was open from November 26, 1943 to May 29, 1946 and served an estimated 1.5 million soldiers and sailors. The troops would be fed by volunteers boarding the train while it was serviced. The statue was unveiled on November 11, 2006.
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