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Lake Country Limited

Lake Country Limited
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Illinois
First service April 15, 2000
Last service September 23, 2001
Current operator(s) Amtrak
Start Chicago, Illinois
Stops 2
End Janesville, Wisconsin
Distance travelled 98 miles (158 km)
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 342,343,344
On-board services
Catering facilities None
Baggage facilities Carry-on only
Rolling stock Horizon or Amfleet coaches
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Track owner(s) Metra, WSOR
Route map
Distance Station
0 Chicago
18 mi 
29 km 
Illinois/Wisconsin border
67 mi 
108 km 
Lake Geneva
98 mi 
158 km 

The Lake Country Limited was a short-lived Amtrak route which connected Chicago, Illinois, with Janesville, Wisconsin. The route was part of Amtrak's Network Growth Strategy, which envisioned an expanded role for mail and express business. The Lake Country Limited would have exchanged goods with a new Chicago—New York train named the Skyline Connection, which in the end never began operation.


Trains originated at Chicago's Union Station and ran north over the tracks of Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line. Northwest of Fox Lake, Illinois, it ran over tracks owned by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad to a temporary platform outside of Janesville. The poor condition of the Fox Lake–Janesville stretch limited trains to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).[1]

The initial route was Chicago–Glenview–Janesville; on June 15, 2000 an additional stop was added at Zenda, Wisconsin to serve Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a popular resort community. The train consisted of one coach car, one engine, and one non-powered control unit.[2]:185


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External links

  • 2000 timetable
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