The Texas Eagle: Springfield, IL (SPI) and Bloomington / Normal, IL (BNL)

Springfield, IL was once served by five significant rail terminals. The grandest was the Union Station on 500 East Madison, a magnificent Romanesque building that opened in 1898 and primarily serviced the Illinois Central Railroad. The station was a stub-end terminal and when Amtrak took over passenger operations in 1971, passenger operations continued from the old Gulf, Mobile and Ohio station, located along the main line that was owned by the Union Pacific when I visited in 2010.

Just to the east on the Norfolk Southern line (that runs parallel to the UP line on its way to Decatur and points east) is the Great Western Railroad Depot where Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for the last time on his way to Washington on 11 February, 1861.

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Approach to Springfield, IL (video)
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Abandoned house on approach to Springfield
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Springfield staion
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Springfield station
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Old Illinois Central station down Madison Street
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Springfield, IL Great Western Depot
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Springfield, IL Great Western Depot
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Springfield, IL Great Western Depot
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Normal, IL station
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Normal, IL station