Refurbished Illinois depot re-opens for service

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An Amtrak Lincoln Service train departs the station on Dec. 5. Video by Steve Smedley

LINCOLN, Ill. — Amtrak, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Lincoln city officials held a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of a total renovation of the Lincoln depot, on the Chicago to St. Louis High Speed Rail corridor on Dec. 5. The former Chicago & Alton Railroad depot in opened Nov. 15, 1911, near the spot where Abraham Lincoln christened the city in 1853. It was last used as a passenger station in 1972.

It had been a restaurant and banquet center, featuring two former Illinois Central coaches and two cabooses. The rolling stock was sold and moved in 2015 to make way for the renovation of the Spanish-Mission Style brick exterior. The former baggage area of the 4400 square foot building now houses a passenger waiting room, separated by a breezeway from the rest of the building, which the city plans to use for events and possible leases.
Amtrak workers put the finishing touches on a newly restored depot in Lincoln, Ill.
Steve Smedley

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