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Streator, IL
Former Amtrak and AT&SF station
Streator Station.jpg
The station depot in Streator in March 2017.
Location 213 North Illinois Street
Streator Illinois 61364
 United States
Coordinates 41°07′23″N 88°49′28″W / 41.1230°N 88.8245°W / 41.1230; -88.8245Coordinates: 41°07′23″N 88°49′28″W / 41.1230°N 88.8245°W / 41.1230; -88.8245
Owned by BNSF Railway
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Construction
Structure type At-grade
History
Closed August 1, 1996
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Chillicothe, IL
toward Dallas or Houston
Lone Star Joliet (Union Station)
toward Chicago
Chillicothe, IL Southwest Chief
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Moon Main Line Kernan
toward Chicago

Streator Station was a train station located in Streator, Illinois, United States. It was served by numerous Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) passenger trains during its heyday. Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) served the station until 1996 with the Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles daily. When the Burlington Northern and the AT&SF railways merged, BNSF built a connecting track between the two main lines east of Cameron, Illinois, (known as the Cameron Connector). This allowed passenger trains to change from the former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) main line to the Southern Transcon freely. This along with the amendment of a stretch of track that was essential for getting to Chicago Union Station forced Amtrak to reroute the Southwest Chief to bypass Chillicothe and Streator.

In 2013, the station received upgrades by BNSF Railway including "a new roof, brickwork, tuck-pointing, and new windows."

World War II Canteen Monument

Streator Station is home to a monument that honors the volunteers who served millions of soldiers and sailors passing by on troop trains. The canteen was open from November 26, 1943 to May 29, 1946 and served an estimated 1.5 million soldiers and sailors. The troops would be fed by volunteers boarding the train while it was serviced. The statue was unveiled on November 11, 2006.

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