Ottumwa, IA (OTM)

Flanking the Des Moines River, the community takes its name from a Sauk term meaning "land of the rippling waters." The mid-century modern depot was dedicated by the CB&Q Railroad in 1951.

210 West Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2021): $437,449
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 5,001
  • Facility Ownership: Wapello County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Parking Lot Ownership: Wapello County Historical Society, Inc.
  • Platform Ownership: BNSF Railway
  • Track Ownership: BNSF Railway

Derrick James
Regional Contact
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The original Ottumwa depot was built in 1889 by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q). The railroad had this structure razed and rebuilt in 1950. Faced in limestone, the present depot was erected by the Benson Construction Company of Chicago at an approximate cost of half a million dollars. It was designed to include passenger functions as well as railroad division offices. CB&Q President Harry C. Murphy attended the building’s dedication ceremony on May 26, 1951, noting that the depot represented faith in the future of the railroad and community.

From 1988 until 2020, the building primarily housed the Wapello County Historical Museum, as well as a waiting room for Amtrak customers.

Ottumwa was first settled in 1843, and its name is derived from a Sauk term meaning “land of the rippling waters.” The community owes its existence to the Des Moines River which flows through town;  three bridges span the river, and Ottumwa is known as the “City of Bridges.”

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • Payphones
  • No Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
  • Vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure if you're checking baggage or need ticketing/passenger assistance
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure if you're not checking baggage or don't need assistance
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • No checked baggage service
  • No checked baggage storage
  • Bike boxes not available
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • No bag storage
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
  • Indicates an accessible service.

Accessibility

  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • No wheelchair lift

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
Mon08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Tue08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Wed08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Thu08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Fri08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sat08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sun08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Ticket Office Hours
Mon08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Tue08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Wed08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Thu08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Fri08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sat08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sun08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Passenger Assistance Hours
Mon08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Tue08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Wed08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Thu08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Fri08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sat08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sun08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Checked Baggage Service
Mon08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Tue08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Wed08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Thu08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Fri08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sat08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Sun08:30 am - 11:30 am
05:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Parking Hours
No parking at this location.
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
No Quik-Trak kiosks at this location.
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
No Amtrak Express at this location.