The station building
8th Street and 6th Avenue|
|Owned by||Mendota Museum and Historical Society|
|Line(s)||BNSF Railway Mendota Subdivision|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Opened||February 23, 1888|
|Passengers (2014)||24,019 5.5%|
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. 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).
- Mendota, Illinois; Great American Stations (Amtrak)
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Mendota Museum and Historical Society
Media related to Mendota station at Wikimedia Commons
- Amtrak – Stations – Mendota, IL
- Mendota Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Union Depot Railroad Museum
- Mendota (MDT)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
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