Effingham, IL (EFG)

Located at the intersection of railroad 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 Station Revenue (2016): $804,874
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 26,276
  • Facility Ownership: National Trail Development, LLC
  • Parking Lot Ownership: National Trail Development, LLC
  • Platform Ownership: Canadian National Illinois Central Railroad
  • Track Ownership: Canadian National Illinois Central Railroad

Derrick James
Regional Contact
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Effingham is served by the daily Illini and Saluki trains and is a flag stop on theCity of New Orleans. The station waiting room, which had been partially renovated by the current owners in 2007, is in one of three brick buildings at the intersection of the CSXT and CN Railroad lines.

The 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 Effingham’s Union Station. Today, only freight rolls on the CSXT lines.

The current Effingham Union Station was dedicated October 6, 1924. The Effingham station was a very busy place in early days, and hotels sprouted up in the town to serve the rail travelers. Because of the intersection of the railroad lines, Effingham was considered locally to be the “Heart of the United States.” To continue that theme in later years, a heart-shaped garden in front of the depot was designed, planted and maintained by area garden clubs.

At the very busy intersection of Interstate 57 and U.S. 40 stands 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 city is also 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.

Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by six daily trains. The Illini and Saluki are financed primarily through funds made available by the Illinois State Department of Transportation.

Station Type:

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • 20 Short Term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Accessible Payphones
  • Accessible Platform

    Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Ticket Office
  • Accessible Waiting Room
  • Accessible Water Fountain
  • ATM
  • Baggage Storage

    Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.

  • Bike Boxes
  • Checked Baggage
  • Dedicated Parking
  • Elevator
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Help With Luggage
  • High Platform

    A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.

  • Lockers

    Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.

  • Long-term Parking Spaces

    Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.

  • Lounge
  • Parking Attendant
  • Pay Phones
  • QuikTrakKiosk
  • Restrooms
  • Shipping Boxes
  • Ski Bags
  • Wheelchair Lift

    Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.

  • Wheelchairs

    For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.  

  • WiFi