The Lake Country Limited near Janesville in 2000
|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|First service||April 15, 2000|
|Last service||September 23, 2001|
|Distance travelled||98 miles (158 km)|
|Baggage facilities||Carry-on only|
|Rolling stock||Horizon or Amfleet coaches|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Track owner(s)||Metra, WSOR|
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. The previous time when there was interstate train service along the route was the era immediately before Amtrak (April 30, 1971) when the Milwaukee Road operated the Varsity and the Sioux trains.
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).
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.:185