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 Station Revenue (FY 2019): $791,698
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2019): 10,322
  • 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). This structure was razed and rebuilt in 1950 for the CB&Q by the Benson Construction Company of Chicago, and the current limestone-faced station was dedicated in May 1951. 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.”

The Ottumwa station is not staffed by an Amtrak customer service representative, but passengers have access to the station waiting area and restrooms for the two daily trains.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • Payphones
  • Quik-Trak kiosks not available
  • No ticket sales office
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Vending Machines

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
  • Bag storage not available
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight parking is available; fees may apply

Accessibility

  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Accessible same-day parking is available; fees may apply
  • Accessible overnight parking is available; fees may apply
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • No wheelchair lift

Hours

Station Hours
Mon08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Tue08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Wed08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Thu08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Fri08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Sat08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Sun08:30 am - 09:30 am
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Ticket Office Hours
Passenger Assistance Hours