Long time passenger rail advocates love to bring up train routes that used to operate in United States. Many will tell you service quality was much better then. You will hear how more routes were in operation and at times many more trains running.
Two routes that seemed to get mentioned a lot are in the video ( Desert Wind and Pioneer ). I’d assume when this Amtrak station no longer offered ticketing – things just got left as they were and have stayed that way to show train service history.
This station until a refurbishment is done – is a decaying mess of it’s former glory. When bathrooms are open most aren’t working or are disgusting. Heat in winter is barely adequate. And at times definitely has some less than desirable locals and sometimes similar passengers inside – no security or station walkthroughs from local police. My previous trip I swore I’d never come back – because I felt unsafe waiting for my train.
My last journey through this station was this year in January. Bathrooms were completely shuttered at that time. That was only thing different from previous visits.
I’ve read over years about various plans to refurbish this station. So far none of that seems to have gotten past planning or talking about it stage. Years ago there was a restaurant. Now largest part of building sits empty and passengers have no access to that room.
Our Vision – The revitalization of the Burlington Depot through the advocacy of activities designed to restore the facility to its former condition and usefulness.
Pioneer was a passenger train run by Amtrak from Seattle, Washington to Chicago, Illinois
Desert Wind was a long distance passenger train route operated by Amtrak from 1979 until 1997
California Zephyr is a passenger train operated by Amtrak between Chicago, Illinois, and Emeryville, California, via Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. At 2,438 miles (3,924 km) it is Amtrak’s second longest route.
Amtrak station Burlington Iowa Great American Stations maybe many moons ago.
“A “Friends” group greets passengers and performs basic building maintenance.”
Never seen first portion of that statement when I have arrived or departed at this station over the years.