Carl Sandburg Schedule
Carl Sandburg Schedule

The Amtrak Carl Sandburg: Chicago to Quincy

The Amtrak Carl Sandburg is a regional train that provides daily service between Chicago, IL, and Quincy, IL. The trip covers 258 miles and allows passengers to board or disembark at any of the intermediate stops. This train offers a comfortable and convenient ride through the heart of Illinois.

You can take other trains, such as the Illinois Zephyr that makes the same stops, or these long-distance trains, Southwest Chief and California Zephyr routes. Note that the Chief and Zephyr do not make all of the same stops.

Amtrak Carl Sandburg Accommodations

Amtrak offers two different accommodations on Amtrak’s Carl Sanburg.

Coach seating

Amfleet 1
The inside of an Amtrak Amfleet 1 Coach Car found on many regional trains,

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 coach 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 Chicago as a business class passenger, 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

A sandwisch, coffee, water, and brownie from an Amtrak cafe car.
A meal from the Amtrak Cafe Car

Amtrak Cafe Cars offers a variety of things for you to choose from.

The cafe offers hot and cold meal options, including breakfast, and often offers combo options to save money!

If you do not need a meal or want to add to one, you can get snacks such as chips, pretzels, healthy options, and more.

You can purchase hot and cold beverages, including hot and iced tea, soft drinks, brewed coffee, and adult beverages to wash things down.

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

Trip Add-ons


  • Amtrak allowed you to bring your bike
    • Standard-size bikes are permitted.
    • Bikes weigh up to 50 lbs.
    • Maximum tire width: 2″.
    • Check the link for details; bike service may not be available at all stations. For more information, check Amtrak’s bike policy.

Pets and service animals

  • Amtrak allows dogs and cats
    • up to 20 pounds, including the weight of the pet and carrier.
    • Your fluffy friend needs to be on your reservations, and you need to fill out paperwork before leaving for the station.
      • After completing your reservation, you will receive the document you need to print out. You can also find it in the “My Trip” section.
    • For more details, check out Amtrak’s pet policy.

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

Passengers can carry golf clubs 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, consider the Illinois Zephyr as an alternative to this train. If you are going between Chicago and Galesburg, you can also check out the Califonia Zephyr and Southwest Chief.

Printable Amtrak Carl Sandburg Schedule

You can use the PDF schedule below or print a customized route for your trip from If you need assistance with this process, refer to my article on printing Amtrak schedules.

My goal is to keep these as updated as possible.

Safe Travels,


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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