Carl Sandburg Schedule
Carl Sandburg Schedule

The Amtrak Carl Sandburg: A new passenger’s guide

The Carl Sandburg is a daily Amtrak regional train between Chicago, IL, and Quincy, IL, with several intermediate stops. The train travels 258 miles from end to end, taking around four hours and twenty minutes.

This train complements the Illinois Zephyr and some Southwest Chief and California Zephyr stops, so you may have other options if this route doesn’t work.

A quick look at Amtrak’s Carl Sandburg

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Accommodations

Amtrak offers two different accommodations on the Carl Sanburg.

Coach seating

The Carl Sandburg offers coach seating with:

  • Fold-down tray
  • Individual reading lights
  • 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets that are on the wall.
  • There are restrooms and trash receptacles in each car.
  • If you bring luggage aboard,
    • There are overhead shelves.
    • Racks at the end of the car.

Business class

Business class includes extra legroom, a comfortable seat, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. On this train, business class is usually part of the cafe car.

Additionally, Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points, and if you are leaving from Chicago as business class passengers, purchase a day pass to use the lounge!


Wi-Fi is free and available on this train, but streaming may not be available. Here are some ideas for entertainment on Amtrak.

The Cafe on the Carl Sandburg

Amtrak cafe cars offer:

  • Hot and cold meal choices
    • Including breakfast choices
    • Often, there are combo choices to save some money!
  • Snacks
    • Such as chips, pretzels, healthy options, and more
  • Hot and cold beverages
    • Brewed coffee is available, but not espresso drinks.
    • Including adult beverages.

You may bring food and drink aboard the train but cannot consume the alcohol you brought aboard.

Trip Add-ons


Amtrak allowed you to add a bike up to 50 lbs. Standard bicycle sizes apply. Maximum tire width: 2″. Check the link for details; bike service may not be available at all stations. Check out Amtrak’s bike policy for more information.

Pets and service animals

Amtrak allows dogs and cats up to 20 pounds, including the weight of the pet and carrier. Paperwork is needed for your fluffy friend to come aboard; check Amtrak’s pet policy for all the details before booking your trip.

If you need a service or comfort animal, read Amtrak’s service animal policy before booking to ensure your animal qualifies and for booking instructions.

Golf Clubs

Golf clubs must be carried in a bag or case with a cover that prevents the clubs from falling out. Zippers or other fasteners must securely fasten the bag, case, or cover. The passenger’s name, address, and phone number must be on a tag attached to the golf bag. For more information, check out Amtrak’s special items policy.


The Carl Sandburg does not offer a checked bag service;

Each passenger may carry on:

  • One personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • Two carry-on pieces of luggage, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
  • If you transfer to the Pacific Surfliner at some point along your journey, the baggage size for that train is up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each. 

Charges apply for additional and oversized luggage; check out Amtrak’s carry-on bag policy for more information.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Schedule

Refer to your day of travel eticket to ensure no last-minute changes. Click on the stations to see the services offered at that stop. The times listed are departure times, and the train can arrive before these times.

Communities Served382
Read DownDaily TrainLast Stop
7:40aChicago, IL
Union Station (CHI)
7:59aLa Grange, IL (LAG)9:31p14
8:15aNaperville, IL (NPV)9:15p28
8:38aPlano, IL (PLO)8:38p52
9:05aMendota, IL (MDT)8:09p83
9:26aPrinceton, IL (PCT)7:47p104
9:49aKewanee, IL (KEE)7:23p131
10:23aGalesburg, IL (GBB)6:55p162
10:59aMacomb, IL (MAC)6:19p202
12:02pQuincy, IL (QCY) 5:30p258
Last StopStationRead UpMiles

Also, look at the Illinois Zephyr as an alternative to this train. If you are going between Chicago and Galesburg, you can look at the Califonia Zephyr and Southwest Chief.

Printable Amtrak Carl Sandburg Schedule

Feel free to print out or download this page from Amtrak.

My goal is to keep these as updated as possible.

Safe Travels,


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Kevin Monteith

Kev Monteith has been traveling on Amtrak since 2012. With over a decade of experience, he has been on over 800 trains, covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist and outings with family.

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