Historic Alton Depot Razed

Dec 12, 2017

The former Alton Railroad station, later used by the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad was constructed in 1928 and renovated in the late 1980s. Demolition on the building started this week.
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An 89-year-old train depot in Alton is being razed.  Union Pacific had been leasing the building to Amtrak . The passenger rail service started serving passengers at the new Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center in September. A demolition team began earlier this week by punching a hole in the wall of the building. That allowed benches to be moved out of the interior before machinery proceeded.  Union Pacific did not want the 1,600-square-foot building to be used for another purpose because of how close it is to railroad tracks. The company feared liability issues as a result.