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In the golden age of railroads, passenger stations once dotted the nation serving both railroad and community. With the advent of interstates in the 1940's much of the passenger traffic dwindled in the next two decades. By 1970 passenger rail was no longer profitable for railroads and many dropped routes as fast as the ICC would grant it. Unfortunately, many of the stations that helped build communities throughout the U.S. were no longer needed and they were torn down or left to decay. However, some agencies were retained for other railroad use, purchased by private individuals, or donated to the communities. 

The following stations are still in existence today and sorted by original railroad. Their use and condition is noted when possible. 
Commuter stations currently used by Metra are not listed.

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City Railroad Current Use Relocated To Notes Other Artifacts Condition
Amboy IC Museum     GTW 0-8-0  
Aurora CBQ         Unknown
Buda CBQ         Unknown
Bureau CRIP          
Burlington IC Township Offices        Restored
Bushnell CBQ         Unknown
Cedar Point MILW          
Chatham            
Chillicothe ATSF          
Clare CGW Private       Good
DeKalb CNW MOW        
Depue CRIP          
Earlville CBQ MOW        
East Dubuque CBQ Vacant       Poor
East Dundee CNW Chamber of Commerce   Replica of Carpentersville    
East Rockford CNW Chamber of Commerce        
Elgin CNW Museum   Watch Factory Depot   Under Restoration
Elizabeth CGW City Museum     MILW Caboose Restored
Elmurst CGW Park Dist       Restored
Esmond CGW          
Forreston IC          
Freeport IC Private       Restored
Freeport MILW Private       Extreme Distress
Fulton CBQ Chamber of Commerce     Griswold X-ing Signal Restored
Fulton CNW          
Fulton MILW Private   LP Dealer    
Galena IC Tourist Center       Restored
Galesburg ATSF          
Galesburg CBQ Amtrak Station       Unknown
Geneseo CRIP          
Genoa IC MOW       Poor
Genoa MILW Museum     IC Caboose Restored
German Valley CGW          
Gretna CGW Park Dist City Park   EJ&E Caboose  
Henry CRIP          
Joliet CRIP Amtrak        
Ladd MILW          
Lake Zurich EJE Private       Poor
Lake Zurich PLZW          
LaMoille CBQ Private     CBQ Caboose Fair
LaSalle CRIP          
Lisle CBQ Park Dist North of Commuter Parking Lot    CBQ Caboose Restored
Marengo CNW Museum Illinois Railway Museum     Restored
Marseilles CRIP Chamber of Commerce     Caboose Restored
Mazon ATSF          
McHenry CNW RR Office / Restaurant       Decent
McLean C&A Hobby Shop 200 E. Dixie Rd., Mclean, IL McLean Depot Train Shop Speeder Restored
Mendota CBQ         Unknown
Mendota IC          
Milan CRIP          
Minooka CRIP          
Moline MILW          
Monticello WAB Museum   Monticello Railroad Museum   Restored
Morris CRIP          
Oregon CBQ MOW        
Ottawa CBQ Illinois Railnet HQ       Unknown
Pekin CIM          
Peoria CBQ RR Office       Unknown
Peoria CRIP Restaurant       Restored
Peoria CRIP          
Pingree Grove MILW Private 1/2 block north of tracks     Poor
Plainfield EJE   Along Rte 52 & Illinois River Line     Under Restoration
Plano CBQ         Unknown
Plato Center IC Museum  City Park     Restored
Princeton CBQ         Unknown
Rochelle CBQ MOW       Demolished 2007
Rochelle CNW MOW        
Rock City MILW          
Rock Island CRIP          
Seneca CRIP          
Seward IC          
Shabbona CBQ         Unknown
Sheffield CRIP          
Steward CBQ Park Dist City Park     Restored
Streator ATSF          
Stronghurst ATSF          
Sycamore CGW Private        
Sycamore CNW Private        
Thomson CBQ Museum       Restored
Tiskilwa CRIP          
Utica CRIP        Damaged by Utica Tornado 2004 Demolished
Warren IC          
Wasco CGW Twp. Office 5N082 La Fox Rd Campton Twp. Community Center RR Signals Restored w/Addition
Wauconda PLZW Home 172 W Maple Sold to George & Grace Harris circa 1929   Remodeled Into Home
West Chicago CBQ Park District Library Parking Lot   Restored
West Chicago CNW Private       Good 
West Chicago CNW Chamber of Commerce       Good 
Woodbine CGW Private       Poor
Yates City CBQ          

 


Updated November 25, 2011
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