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.”

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