In anticipation of its busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is adding an Illinois round-trip train originating at mid-day on Nov. 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Amtrak will offer one additional eastbound (Train 384) and one additional westbound (Train 385) frequency on the Chicago-Quincy corridor, via Galesburg and Macomb.
Ordinarily, Amtrak originates two daily morning and evening round-trips, the Illinois Zephyr (Trains 380 & 383) and the Carl Sandburg (Trains 381 & 382) that travel the full length of the corridor, plus some additional Amtrak service at Galesburg, Princeton or Mendota provided by the Southwest Chief (Trains 3 & 4) and California Zephyr (Trains 5 & 6).
In order to accommodate the additional round-trip on Nov. 25, Train 383 will depart Chicago 20 minutes later than usual and operate on a modified schedule to Quincy that day only. Please see below for the full schedule of 380-series trains, operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Ridership on the Chicago-Quincy corridor rose four percent in the last year, to total more than 265,000 passengers.
This is the second announcement of additional Amtrak service from the Chicago Hub for the Thanksgiving holiday. Last month, Amtrak announced additional Wolverine Service trains between Chicago and Kalamazoo/Ann Arbor, Mich.
(Click on schedule to enlarge)