On June 24th, 2016, the town of Waterloo, Indiana celebrated very exciting changes in the community, which will provide more benefits to travelers in the area and the town overall!
The Waterloo Amtrak station has long been a popular boarding location in Indiana and these new improvements will certainly aid in its success for the future.
Since the early 1990’s, the Waterloo Train Station passengers relied on an open-air shelter hut to wait on the Amtrak’s arrival. However, the June 24th ceremony has officially commenced the use of the Historic Waterloo Depot for train passenger use once again!
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, David Bolton, President of the Waterloo Town Council, Tena Woenker, Town manager, and a representative for our state Senator, Amtrak, and other key speakers talked about the incredible development this is for the town of Waterloo. Members of the DeKalb High School show choir performed and Craig Berndt, a local historian, also spoke of his thorough research on the history of the Waterloo station.
This extraordinary depot, built in 1883, was used for many years by Waterloo’s passengers. It took years of detailed planning to make the idea of “repurposing” the building into a reality. This included one of the most momentous details: moving the entire depot structure two blocks to the west, in order for it to sit closer to the current boarding zone. The process was successfully completed and the 133 year old depot is ready to be utilized by travelers!
This new project not only brings better shelter for passengers, but it also will eventually provide them with “PIDS,” which is Amtrak’s Passenger Information Display System. This technology will allow travelers to receive a live updates and schedules of train arrival and departure times. David Bolton also mentioned the Waterloo station being just shy of Indianapolis and Lafayette in the rankings of the “most used” Amtrak Station in Indiana. However, due to these advances, Waterloo could see even more passengers choosing its location, having a very positive effect on its standing!
Also celebrated on June 24th was the new Waterloo Town Hall location! It is currently in the building previously known as Farmer’s State Bank, on South Wayne Street.
It is a wonderful time for the town of Waterloo, and DeKalb County as changes are being made for the betterment of visitor’s and resident’s experiences in the area. Make sure to visit our website and blog for more exciting happenings!