Amtrak

Projects To Upgrade Facilities
11:52 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Galesburg Breaks Ground on Transportation Projects

Representatives from Galesburg, Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, and IDOT break ground on upgrades to the city's Amtrak depot.
Credit T.J. Carson

Two projects are underway to help transportation in Galesburg.

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Completion Next Year
12:41 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Improvements to Galesburg Amtrak Station About to Begin

The upgrades are the first ones since the station was built.
Credit T.J. Carson

The City Council this week approved a project to enclose the north and south porch areas at the Amtrak station.

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Rail Transportation
11:50 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Full Steam Ahead For Amtrak

An Amtrak train stops to drop off and pick up passengers at the Springfield station.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:46 pm

  Amtrak ridership in Illinois has risen in recent years; it's up almost 85 percent from 2006 through last year. That trend developed after the rail service added routes. The train service could grow more in the future.

In 2006, lines branching out from Chicago that went to Carbondale, Quincy and St. Louis added trips.

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Friends of the Macomb Library
4:52 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Recycling Effort Gets Books Back Into Community

Free Book Rack at Macomb Amtrak Station
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

A free book rack at the Macomb Amtrak station has been providing reading material to travelers for 10 years.

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TomCat Reunion
11:43 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rekindling Old Connections in Macomb

The former Grin and Beer It. The building later served as the children's library. It was torn down this month as part of the Macomb Public Library expansion.
Credit Tom Carper

Tom and Gayle Carper of Macomb have more than 1,000 photos from the years when Tom owned bars in town.  They decided the pictures should be shared and started posting them to Flickr and Facebook.

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Weather Delays
4:06 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Winter Storm Stalls Amtrak Trains

An Amtrak train, pictured here during better weather.
Credit Rich Egger

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be canceled and roads to be closed.  Usually the trains still run without incident. 

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WIUM Local
8:24 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Great Dome Car Part of Illinois Zephyr Line During November

The Great Dome Car at the LaGrange Road station en route to Chicago
Jonathan Ahl

More than 100,000 people ride the Illinois Zephyr train line from Quincy to Chicago each year.  

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Amtrak Exhibit / Preservation Summit
8:53 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Busy Week in Burlington

Burlington Railroad Depot

The next few days will be extremely busy in Burlington as the city plays host to two related events.

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QC to Danville
2:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

East-West Passenger Rail Proposed for Illinois

Credit Rich Egger

A group of Illinois lawmakers is encouraging the state to study the feasibility of an east-west passenger rail corridor.

The route -- by bus at first, with the hope to eventually move to trains – would run from the Quad Cities to Danville. It would include stops in Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, and Champaign.

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Group Setting Goals
2:39 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Promoting Amtrak Communities in Western Illinois

Amtrak at Macomb
Credit Rich Egger

Community leaders on the Amtrak line that runs through western Illinois hope to convince people to use the train for excursions within the region. They want to promote day trips and overnight stays along the line between Quincy and Princeton.

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