Lake Country Limited

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Lake Country Limited
Lake Country Limited, July 2000.jpg
The Lake Country Limited near Janesville in 2000
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Illinois
First service April 15, 2000
Last service September 23, 2001
Current operator(s) Amtrak
Start Chicago, Illinois
Stops 2
End Janesville, Wisconsin
Distance travelled 98 miles (158 km)
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 342,343,344
On-board services
Catering facilities None
Baggage facilities Carry-on only
Rolling stock Horizon or Amfleet coaches
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Track owner(s) Metra, WSOR
Route map
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67 mi
108 km
Lake Geneva
98 mi
158 km

The Lake Country Limited was a short-lived Amtrak route which connected Chicago, Illinois, with Janesville, Wisconsin. The route was part of Amtrak's Network Growth Strategy, which envisioned an expanded role for mail and express business. The Lake Country Limited would have exchanged goods with a new Chicago—New York train named the Skyline Connection, which in the end never began operation.


Trains originated at Chicago's Union Station and ran north over the tracks of Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line. Northwest of Fox Lake, Illinois, it ran over tracks owned by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad to a temporary platform outside of Janesville. The poor condition of the Fox Lake–Janesville stretch limited trains to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).[1]

The initial route was Chicago–Glenview–Janesville; on June 15, 2000 an additional stop was added at Zenda, Wisconsin to serve Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a popular resort community. The train consisted of one coach car, one engine, and one non-powered control unit.[2]:185


  1. ^ Gribble, Roger A (April 12, 2000). "AMTRAK LAUNCHES CHICAGO RUN; THE SERVICE FROM JANESVILLE IS PART OF NEW STRATEGY". Wisconsin State Journal. p. E1. 
  2. ^ Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34705-X. 

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