Metra Station, Des Plaines, IL
Posted by: KG1960
N 42° 02.458 W 087° 53.201
16T E 426613 N 4654705
Quick Description: Metra Train Station in Des Plaines, IL, formerly the Chicago and North Western Railway
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 10/8/2006 6:18:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMTKP
The original station on this site was built by the Chicago and North Western Railway to be used mainly by their suburban trains, but some long distance trains would also stop here. The long distance trains would be the ones from Chicago to Madison, WI, Rochester, MN, and west. Perhaps the most famous of these would have been the "Dakota 400", Chicago to Rapid City, SD.
Currently, it is a very busy Metra suburban station on the Union Pacific Northwest Line. The station has been rebuilt. There is even a manned ticket window from 5:15 am to 1:15 pm on weekdays. The waiting room is open from 5 am to 8 pm.
The address is:
1501 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: Yes
Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes
What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: Chicago and North Western Railway and currently Metra
If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?: Not listed
Station/Depot Web Site: Not listed
Please post an original picture of the station/depot taken while you were there. Please also record how you came to be at this station/depot and any interesting information you learned about it while there.