Dwight station

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Dwight
Location 401 South Columbia Street
Dwight, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 41°05′25″N 88°25′47″W / 41.09028°N 88.42972°W / 41.09028; -88.42972Coordinates: 41°05′25″N 88°25′47″W / 41.09028°N 88.42972°W / 41.09028; -88.42972
Owned by Village of Dwight
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Parking Yes
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: DWT
History
Opened 1891
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 10,995[1]Increase 2.2%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward St. Louis
Lincoln Service
toward Chicago
Dwight Chicago and Alton Railroad Depot
Dwight Il Dwight Chicago and Alton Railroad Depot3.JPG
Location Dwight, Illinois
Area less than one acre
Built 1891
Architect Henry Ives Cobb
Architectural style Richardson Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 82000398[2]
Added to NRHP December 27, 1982
Location
Dwight is located in Illinois
Dwight
Dwight
Location within Illinois

Dwight is a historic railroad depot and adjacent 2016 train station in Dwight, Illinois, United States, served by Amtrak, the national passenger railroad system. The historic depot, in use from 1891 until 2016, served Amtrak passenger traffic between Chicago and St. Louis, via the Lincoln Service train. Passenger service moved from the former depot south to a new station in October 2016.

History[edit]

Built by the Chicago and Alton Railroad in 1891, the historic structure, designed by Henry Ives Cobb in the Richardson Romanesque style of rusticated masonry, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since December 27, 1982.[2] The foundation is of Joliet stone and the walls above are of Bedford blue stone from Indiana composed almost entirely of fossil shells.[3]

In 1999, the village of Dwight offered the use of the depot to the Dwight Historical Society. The society moved its museum into the north end of the building; the south end holds both a meeting room for the society and the present office of the Dwight Chamber of Commerce.[3]

In August 2015, construction began on a new 800-square-foot (74 m2) station building dedicated to Amtrak passengers. The new building was estimated to cost $3.77 million, partially funded by federal money as part of higher speed rail upgrades on the Lincoln Service route.[4] The new high-speed rail station was built at South Columbia Street a block southwest of the historic depot. The new facility shelter and restrooms were scheduled to be open 24-hours per day. The town’s historic station building will remain open as a museum.[5] The new station opened on October 29, 2016.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Livingston County Listings on the National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ a b Great American Stations. Accessed March 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Illinois town to break ground on new Amtrak station". Trains Magazine. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Luke Smucker (12 August 2015). "Ground broken for new train depot in Dwight". Pontiac Daily Leader. Retrieved January 11, 2016. In about a year, Dwight residents and visitors will be making use of a new $3.77 million high-speed rail depot. 
  6. ^ "High-speed rail station opens in Dwight". Daily Journal. October 29, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Chicago and Alton Railroad Depot (Dwight, Illinois) at Wikimedia Commons