Campus (train)

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Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Illinois
First service November 14, 1971
Last service March 5, 1972
Former operator(s) Amtrak
Start Chicago
Stops 2
End Champaign-Urbana
Distance travelled 127 miles (204 km)
Average journey time 2 hours 10 minutes
Service frequency Friday/Sunday
Train number(s) 394 and 395
On-board services
Catering facilities On-board cafe
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Track owner(s) Illinois Central

The Campus was a passenger train operated by Amtrak between Chicago and Champaign, Illinois. The Chicago-Champaign corridor already saw two trains daily: the Shawnee (Chicago-Carbondale) and the Panama Limited (Chicago-New Orleans). The Campus made a round-trip Friday and Sunday, serving the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. A second train, the Illini, made a Friday trip. The Campus first appeared on the November 14, 1971, timetable, the first timetable Amtrak issued with its own numbers.[1] Amtrak discontinued the Campus and Illini on March 5, 1972. Both trains had used Central Station, which Amtrak was abandoning; Amtrak judged that the additional 35–40 minutes necessary to serve Union Station made the schedule impractical.[2] The Campus was the last passenger train to use Central Station.[3]:100


  1. ^ "Nationwide schedules of intercity passenger service". Amtrak. November 14, 1971. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ In fact, a re-launched Illini needed only an additional fifteen minutes to make the trip in 1974. "All-America Schedules". Amtrak. November 15, 1974. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34705-X.