Our train slows for the station stop at Pontiac, Illinois, scheduled for 12:24 p.m. If the Abe Lincoln is on time, we have covered 35 miles in 31 minutes for an average speed of 68 miles per hour. Over the road, 90-mph speeds were common. Today, with track improvements, Amtrak schedules as little as 28 minutes for this segment, but the Bloomington-Normal station is now more than two miles closer to Pontiac.