Burlington station (Iowa)

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Burlington Station 2014.jpg
Burlington station in June 2014.
Location 300 South Main Street
Burlington, IA 52601
Owned by BNSF Railway
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections Burlington Urban Service (B.U.S.)
Other information
Station code BRL
Opened 1947
Passengers (2016) 9,242[1]Decrease 0.9% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
toward Denver
Main Line
Terminus Burlington – Quincy
toward Quincy
Burlington – St. Louis
toward St. Louis
Rock Island Line
toward Minneapolis
Minneapolis – Burlington, IA Terminus
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Station
Burlington station (Iowa) is located in Iowa
Burlington station (Iowa)
Burlington station (Iowa) is located in the US
Burlington station (Iowa)
Location 300 S Main Street,
Burlington, Iowa
Coordinates 40°48′20″N 91°6′6″W / 40.80556°N 91.10167°W / 40.80556; -91.10167Coordinates: 40°48′20″N 91°6′6″W / 40.80556°N 91.10167°W / 40.80556; -91.10167
Area 2.9 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1944 (1944)
Architectural style Moderne
NRHP Reference # 01001540[2]
Added to NRHP February 4, 2002

Burlington station is a train station in Burlington, Iowa, United States, served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. The station, located at 300 South Main Street, is open 24 hours a day, but there are no Amtrak personnel or ticket machines at the station at any time: tickets must be purchased in advance or on the train from a conductor. The station acts as transfer hub for Burlington Urban Service (B.U.S.), a local municipal bus system; riders can transfer to every bus route in the B.U.S. system.[3]

Designed by the well-known Chicago-based architectural firm of Holabird and Root for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), the station was built in 1944 and exemplifies the streamlined mid-century modern aesthetic that came into vogue in the 1930s. The two-story station, constructed of reinforced concrete, is faced in buff-colored Wisconsin Lannon fieldstone laid in a random ashlar pattern.[4] Areas for train and bus passengers were located on the lower level while the upper story contained offices for the general superintendent, freight agent, division engineer and telephone and telegraph operators. There was also space for trainmen to sleep and relax between shifts.[5]

The two-story waiting room features walls clad in a buff Montana travertine; durable terrazzo floors; and black marble accents and trim. On one wall of the waiting room, the CB&Q inscribed many of the major achievements that it had accomplished in its namesake city, such as the testing of inventor George Westinghouse's air brakes in 1887.[6]

The California Zephyr at Burlington in 1995.

Following a flood in the summer of 1993, the city purchased the building from the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1994 and undertook a series of renovations including roof repairs and the installation of new windows. A “Friends of the Depot” group also formed to help the city maintain the structure and encourage ideas for its adaptive reuse. Using more than $1,000 donated by Amtrak, the Friends organized work days in 2011 and 2012 during which volunteers painted the depot’s exterior trim and caulked windows.[7]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Iowa" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed April 7, 2013
  5. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed April 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed April 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed April 7, 2013.

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