Former Santa Fe Streator depot upgraded

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Streator Depot
Former Santa Fe depot at Streator.
Steve Glischinski
STREATOR, Ill. – The former Santa Fe passenger depot has been upgraded by BNSF Railway, which uses the building to house local signal and maintenance-of-way departments.

The building received a new roof, brickwork, tuck-pointing, and new windows. More upgrades including new lighting are being considered for this year.

The depot was built in the 1920s and was served by numerous Santa Fe passenger trains. The last passenger train to serve the building was Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which was rerouted off the ex-Santa Fe between Chicago and Galesburg in 1996.

During World War II the station housed a canteen that served soldiers and sailors passing through on troop trains. The canteen was open from November 26, 1943, to May 29, 1946, and served an estimated 1.5 million members of the armed forces. Volunteers boarding the train while it was serviced would feed the troops. A monument statue to honor the canteen volunteers was unveiled at the station on Nov. 11, 2006.
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