Ancona Station (Illinois)

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Former AT&SF passenger rail station
Location Ancona, Illinois
Coordinates 41°02′20″N 88°52′21″W / 41.038999°N 88.872421°W / 41.038999; -88.872421Coordinates: 41°02′20″N 88°52′21″W / 41.038999°N 88.872421°W / 41.038999; -88.872421
Owned by tracks owned by BNSF Railway
Line(s) Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Main Line and Pekin Branch
Tracks 2
Structure type at-grade
  Former services  
Preceding station   Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
Major stations
toward Pekin
Pekin Branch Terminus

Ancona Station (also known as Ancona Junction) was an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway station in the unincorporated community of Ancona, Illinois. It a major junction station on the railway since it was point was where the Pekin Branch (also known as the Pekin District) split from the main line.[1] Ancona was the eastern point where the Santa Fe decided to build track west to existing track in Kansas City in 1889.[2] (It used former Chicago and St. Louis Railway trackage to reach Chicago)[2][3] Freight trains still pass on the double-tracked main line and the location provides a good location for railfans. The branch line to Pekin was abandoned in 1982[4] although the former right-of-way can still easily be seen.


  1. ^ Existing Santa Fe stations in Illinois. Retrieved February 27, 2011
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Brian (2003). "Santa Fe History". Santa Fe Railway. Motorbooks International. p. 21. ISBN 0-7603-1072-6. 
  3. ^ Marshall, James. Santa Fe, The Railway that Built an Empire. New York City: Random House, Inc. p. 208. the Chicago & St. Louis, from Chicago to Pekin, Illinois, and use about 100 miles of it, from Chicago to Ancona, as part of the new line. 
  4. ^ abandoned Retrieved February 17, 2011

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