Plano station

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Plano, also known as the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot is an Amtrak intercity train station in Plano, Illinois, United States. The station was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1993.

Plano, IL
Plano Station - station and platform.jpg
The station at Plano in September 2016. The former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) station is on the left.
Location101 West Main Street[1]
Plano, Illinois
Owned byBNSF Railway
Line(s)BNSF Railway Mendota Subdivision
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Construction
ParkingYes
Other information
Station codePLO
History
Opened1913
Traffic
Passengers (2018)6,442[2]Increase 4.12%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Mendota
toward Quincy
Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg Naperville
toward Chicago
     California Zephyr does not stop here
     Southwest Chief does not stop here
Former and future services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Mendota
toward Moline
Quad Cities
Proposed
Naperville
toward Chicago
Preceding station Burlington Route Following station
Sandwich
toward Denver
Main Line Bristol
toward Chicago
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot
Plano depot - September 2016.jpg
The CB&Q depot from the inbound platform.
Plano station is located in Illinois
Plano station
Plano station is located in the United States
Plano station
Location101 W. Main St., Plano, Illinois
Coordinates41°39′44″N 88°32′18″W / 41.6622°N 88.5382°W / 41.6622; -88.5382Coordinates: 41°39′44″N 88°32′18″W / 41.6622°N 88.5382°W / 41.6622; -88.5382
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectEidelgeorge Reuter and Company
NRHP reference No.93001238[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1993

Currently, four Amtrak trains stop at Plano per day. These serves are the Illinois Zephyr and the Carl Sandburg. The Illinois Zephyr stops in the morning (to Chicago Union Station) and in the evening (to Quincy). The Carl Sandburg stops in the morning (to Quincy) and the evening (to Chicago). The Southwest Chief and California Zephyr pass through the station but do not stop.

Metra is exploring extending the BNSF Railway Line to Sandwich, Illinois in the future, with Plano as one of the stops.[dubious ][3]

ArchitectureEdit

The rectangular Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot in Plano is constructed in a combination of Classical Revival and American Craftsman architectural styles.[4]

HistoryEdit

The building currently being used as the Amtrak station in Plano, Illinois was constructed in 1913 by Eidelgeorge Reuter and Company of Aurora, Illinois.[5] Amtrak service began here on April 30, 1972.[6]:251–252

The Plano Amtrak station was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1993 due to its association with Plano's history of rail transportation.[1] The history of the city of Plano is tied to the railroad, the Kendall County city grew around the tracks unlike its neighbors of Yorkville, and Oswego.[5] The Amtrak station at Plano is one of the smallest station houses in the United States.[5]

In popular cultureEdit

The movie, "Witless Protection" was filmed in Plano, using the train station as the Police Headquarters in the movie. The station was also featured in the 2013 Superman movie, "Man of Steel", which was filmed in Plano. The station was used as the Village Hall for Superman's hometown of Smallville, Kansas.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2018, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  3. ^ "A step closer on local Metra station". Oswego Ledger-Sentinel. March 12, 2009. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot," Property Information Report, HAARGIS Database, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad Depot," (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, HAARGIS Database, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  6. ^ Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34705-3.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Plano station at Wikimedia Commons