Mendota station

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Mendota
Mendota Amtrak station 1.JPG
The station building
Location 8th Street and 6th Avenue
Mendota, IL 61342
Coordinates 41°32′59″N 89°07′02″W / 41.5498°N 89.1171°W / 41.5498; -89.1171Coordinates: 41°32′59″N 89°07′02″W / 41.5498°N 89.1171°W / 41.5498; -89.1171
Owned by Mendota Museum and Historical Society
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code MDT
History
Opened February 23, 1888[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 24,019[2]Decrease 5.5%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Quincy
Illinois Zephyr
toward Chicago
toward Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
  Future Services  
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Moline
Quad Cities
toward Chicago
  Former services  
Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
toward Denver
Main Line
Location
Location of the Mendota Amtrak Station.
Location of the Mendota Amtrak Station.
Location within Illinois

Mendota is an Amtrak intercity train station at 783 Main Street, Mendota, Illinois, United States.

The station was originally built on February 23, 1888, by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, as a replacement for the former Union Depot that was built in 1853 and burned down in 1885. It originally contained a hotel, restaurants and waiting rooms for passengers, and rooms for railroad employees. In 1942, much of the station was torn down, with little more than the waiting room and ticket office remaining intact.

Today the building is owned and preserved by the Mendota Museum and Historical Society as the Union Depot Railroad Museum.[3] The station is a regular stop for the Illinois Zephyr and the Southwest Chief. The California Zephyr also uses these tracks, but does not stop in Mendota. BNSF Railway also has a small freight yard and office adjacent to the station. This yard is used to store trains and locomotives that do local runs along the Mendota Subdivision (which are usually pulled by four axle road switchers).

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