The End of the Hoosier State

On June 30, 2019, Amtrak’s Hoosier State rail line rode through Lafayette one last time. The Indianapolis to Chicago line was cut after the state of Indiana failed to approve $3 million in funding.

On the platform of the Big Four Depot, signs from the Indiana Passenger Rail Association hang, informing passengers of the final running of the Hoosier State, Sunday, June 30, 2019 in Lafayette, Ind.

Perched above the platform of the Big Four Depot, Joe Krause looks out towards Main st. and the parking lot for passengers that may be running late for the morning Hoosier State train to Chicago, Friday, June 21, 2019 in Lafayette. Since retiring from West Lafayette High School, volunteer Krause spends his mornings assisting passengers.

On the morning of the final train to Chicago, Sunday, June 30, 2019, 14 passengers boarded from the depot, two traveling via business class according to Krause.

Weeks before the Indiana Passenger Rail Association’s signs lined the platform, a lone sign was tacked to a bulletin board inside the station’s lobby, asking riders to “please save Amtrak’s Hoosier State passenger train,” Friday, June 21, 2019 in Lafayette.

The last Hoosier State to Chicago pulls into the Big Four Depot, Sunday, June 30, 2019.

A conductor ushers passengers onto the final Hoosier State train to Chicago on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

“I want to take him on it before we can’t anymore,” said Shirley Downham after tying her grandson, Karson Downham’s shoes on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Lafayette.

A conductor helps load passenger’s luggage onto the train as they load on Sunday morning before departing for Chicago.

One final time, the conductor radios ahead to signal the train is cleared to leave the Big Four Depot for Chicago, Sunday, June 30, 2019.

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