Effingham, IL (EFG)

Located at the intersection of rail lines, Effingham earned the local nickname "Heart of the United States." The current red brick union station was dedicated in October 1924.

401 West National Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2021): $251,935
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 8,242
  • Facility Ownership: Royal Boxcar, LLC
  • Parking Lot Ownership: Royal Boxcar, LLC
  • Platform Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)
  • Track Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)

Derrick James
Regional Contact
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Located at the crossing of east-west and north-south rail lines, Effingham Union Station was dedicated on October 6, 1924. It was a very busy place in its early years, and hotels sprouted up in town to serve rail travelers.  The Amtrak waiting room is housed in one of three buildings that make up the station complex. The theme of connectedness provided by the intersecting rail lines has long informed Effingham’s local nickname – “Heart of the United States.” A heart-shaped garden in front of the depot was designed, planted and maintained by area garden clubs.

In August 2022, local and Amtrak officials gathered at the station to cut the ribbon on completion of a $2.5 million improvement project at the facility. As part of the work, a new 700-foot-long concrete boarding platform was constructed, along with new station signage, a mobile lift enclosure, energy efficient LED lighting and guardrails. New accessible pathways make it easier to navigate from the waiting area to the platform and various access points to the station. State of good repair projects were also performed inside the building and included installation of new powered entry doors, rehanging of interior doors and a signage refresh. Undertaken in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration, the work was part of the Amtrak ADA Stations Program – an ongoing effort to proactively provide all customers with an accessible and safe experience at stations.

Effingham’s first Union Depot was built in 1851 for the Chicago to Cairo branch of the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). The crossing of the National Road and the IC became a place of increased economic interest and as a result, the people of Effingham County voted to move the county seat to the crossing, where they built a city called Effingham. The first scheduled passenger train arrived there in 1856. The National Road (now covered by U.S. 40) had been created in 1806 by an act of Congress to serve as the first federally funded highway construction project.

The Union Depot served the IC (now CN) until 1870, when the St. Louis, Vandalia and Terre Haute Railroad Company, later the Pennsylvania Railroad, and today the CSXT, completed its construction and connected east to west at Union Station. Today, only freight rolls on the CSXT lines.

Today the city is home to the MA Garage Museum, a collection of vintage Corvettes and Volkswagens famous nationwide, that belongs to the Mid-America Motorworks. The MA Motorworks specializes in parts and materials for rebuilding vintage Corvettes and Volkswagens and sponsors a Funfest for Corvette lovers each fall, the largest Corvette show in the nation, attracting 7,000 Corvettes and 1,000 Volkswagens yearly. Another local landmark stands at the busy intersection of Interstate 57 and U.S. 40 – a 198-foot high and 113-foot wide white cross and associated chapel that was erected in 2001 by the Cross and the Crossroads Foundation, an ecumenical group that was first associated with Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.

The Illini and Saluki are financed primarily through funds made available by the Illinois State Department of Transportation.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • No payphones
  • No Quik-Trak kiosks
  • No Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
  • No vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure
  • 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

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

Hours

Station Waiting Room Hours
Mon12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Tue12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Wed12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Thu12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Fri12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Sat12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Sun12:00 am - 01:00 am
04:00 am - 06:00 am
08:00 am - 01:00 pm
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Ticket Office Hours
No ticket office at this location.
Passenger Assistance Hours
No passenger assistance service at this location.
Checked Baggage Service
No checked baggage at this location.
Parking Hours
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SunCLOSED
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.