State House (train)

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State House
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Illinois/
St. Louis, Missouri
First service October 1, 1973
Last service October 30, 2006
Successor Lincoln Service
Former operator(s) Amtrak
Start Chicago, Illinois
Stops 9
End St. Louis, Missouri
Distance travelled 284 miles (457 km)
Average journey time 5 hours 30 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 300 & 305
On-board services
  • Business class
  • Reserved coach
Catering facilities On-board cafe
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The State House was a passenger train operated by Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) between Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri in the United States. This service began in 1973 and continued until 2006, when it was re-branded as the Lincoln Service as part of a three-fold service expansion over that route.


The State House's existence is book-ended by two dramatic changes in the state of Illinois' passenger rail service. The State House made its first run on October 1, 1973, the same day that two French-built Turboliner trainsets replaced the conventional Abraham Lincoln and Prairie State on the Chicago—St. Louis corridor. This third round-trip was intended as a Chicago—Springfield route and received funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Amtrak decided to continue the train to St. Louis (at its own expense) because of the difficulty in turning the train in Springfield.[1]:227

Over its 33-year history the State House stopped in Joliet, Pontiac, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis. Service to Bloomington ended on June 10, 1990, when operations moved to a new station up the tracks in Normal. Service to Dwight began October 26, 1986 and Summit on October 25, 1987.[1]:236

Amtrak re-branded the State House as the Lincoln Service on October 30, 2006,[2] as it and Illinois launched two additional round-trips over the same corridor.[3]


  1. ^ a b Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34705-X. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak System Timetable: Fall 2006 - Winter 2007". Amtrak. 20 Oct 2006. p. 84. Retrieved 5 Oct 2015. 
  3. ^ Ericson, Kurt (27 Oct 2006). "Added Amtrak service back on track". The Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, Illinois: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved 5 Oct 2015. 

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