Loop (Amtrak train)

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Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Illinois
First service April 27, 1986
Last service June 28, 1996
Former operator(s) Amtrak
Start Chicago
Stops 6
End Springfield
Distance travelled 185 miles (298 km)
Average journey time 3 hours and 30 minutes
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) Custom class and unreserved coach
Catering facilities On-board cafe
Rolling stock Amfleet/Horizon
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The Loop was a daily passenger train operated by Amtrak between Chicago and Springfield, Illinois. The Loop began on April 27, 1986, with funding support from the state of Illinois. The train acted as a counterpart to the State House, departing Chicago in the morning and returning in the afternoon. Funding shortfalls eliminated Saturday service in mid-1995, and the train ended altogether on June 28, 1996, after Illinois withdrew its support.[1]:229-233

The Loop originally operated with refurbished bilevel cars from the Chicago & North Western Railway, but by 1987 Amtrak substituted Amfleet coaches, later supplemented by Horizon Fleet coaches.[1]:235-236


  1. ^ a b Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34705-X. 

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