"Amtrak service to Dwight began on October 27, 1986. Nearly 500 people – including a group of kindergartners – gathered at the historic Chicago and Alton Railroad (C&A) depot to mark the occasion, which included speeches by village, state and Amtrak officials and music by the Dwight High School band. Service initially consisted of the daily Loop (Chicago-Springfield) and State House (Chicago-St. Louis).
Thirty years to the day, on October 27, 2016, the community gathered once again to celebrate the opening of a new $3.3 million depot located about one block southwest of the old facility. It is the first of many new or renovated passenger facilities planned between Chicago and St. Louis as part of a larger, multi-year program to enhance rail service in Illinois. The event included remarks by Illinois DOT (IDOT) Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. Lincoln Service (Chicago-St. Louis) trains began making regular stops at the new station the following day.
Under the Federal Railroad Administration’s High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, the state of Illinois received $1.2 billion to improve the vital Chicago-St. Louis rail corridor so that passenger trains will be able to attain regular speeds of 110 mph. When completed in 2017, the upgraded line is expected to present an even stronger transportation alternative for drivers along the congested Interstate 55 corridor. Construction of the Dwight station was funded under the HSIPR."