Trainspotting Locations

Blue Island
Visible Rail Lines: Canadian National Railway, CSX, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Indiana Harbor Belt & Metra
Described as one of the most fascinating rail watching hotspots in the Midwest, the Blue Island location features several rail lines converging and crossing within 100 yards. About 90 trains come roll through the large steel bridges that cross the Cal-Sag Channel daily.

Visible Rail Lines: CSX, Indiana Harbor Belt & Union Pacific
About 120 trains pass through Dolton every day. It is common to see two or three trains passing through simultaneously. Norfolk Southern, BNSF, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National occasionally run through Dolton on Indiana Harbor Belt and CSX tracks. About a half-mile west, the former Illinois Central main line, now Metra Electric and CN, passes over the Indiana Harbor Belt line. A great and legal viewing location is the public parking lot behind Dolton's City Hall.

Visible Rail Lines: Canadian National Railway, Metra & Amtrak
Situated between the vibrant downtown area and the majestic Ravisloe Country Club, the Homewood Railroad Park is in the heart of the action in the Village of Homewood. The handicap-accessible railroad viewing platform gives an elevated view of the three types of tracks that cross Homewood, regional commuter, intercity rail and freight. The platform also plays a live audio feed from the switchyard.

The Spanish revival-style train stations were built in 1926, and house the entrances to tunnels under the tracks that lead to the loading platforms. On the west side of the tracks, a refurbished IC engine and caboose are on display.

Park Forest
Visible Rail Lines: Canadian National Railway, Metra & Amtrak
New in 2012 is the Park Forest Rail Fan Park that features a 35-foot elevated handicapped accessible platform that overlooks a rare "highway cloverleaf interchange for trains." At both ends of the double track are wyes with a crossover between the tracks that permit trains to enter and exit the Park Forest cloverleaf in any direction.

The platform features eight interpretive signs that describe the history of railroads in Park Forest and the Chicagoland area. A live audio feed allows visitors to listen in on the 30+ trains that pass this platform daily.

The restored Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad Caboose #531 was donated as a centerpiece for the park. The #531 was used on EJ&E lines from the 1950s until the 1990s.
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