Blue Island, IL 60406 (population, 23,706) Page 2
GPS: N 41.65021, W 87.68646 Google map
Scanner: CN 160.530 , 160.590 ; CSX 160.230 , 160.320 , 160.290 ; IHB 160.980 ,
161.070 , 161.565  IAIS 160.305 ; Metra 161.340  (These frequencies are from Bill Gustason's
excellent page; there are many other lists for Blue Island with much different frequencies, and I have never had great
luck with any of them in the few times I've been to Blue Island.)
Railroads: Canadian National [?]; CSX Chicago Division, Elsdon Sub; Indiana Harbor Belt Chicago Division; Iowa
FRA Info: Crossing Inventory Report for CSX, Broadway St, PDF;
& Crossing Inventory Report for CSX, Broadway St, PDF
Description: Blue Island is a near southern suburb of Chicago, just northwest of Dolton. This Blue Island Location is
just south of the four iconic bridges spanning the Cal Sag Channel at Broadway St where 8 tracks cross Broadway in
Blue Island, IL Those bridges provide a memorable photo op, one you've seen in countless train magazines.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 25+
Nearby RR stuff: Blue Island RR Yard (IHB), Barr RR Yard (CSX) and Dolton Junction (4 mi east), all are just
east of this Blue Island Location.
Photo opportunities: The bridges, tower(s) and trains at the multi track, grade level crossing. There is an elevated
Metra track approximately 1/8 mile south of Broadway St. that travels E/W across these tracks that presents photo
ops if you have a telephoto lens.
Gregariousness quotient: Low to medium when other railfans are there. However this place is known around the
world. Probably because of the Iconic Multiple RR Bridges. In only about 4 trips to this location, I have met railfans
from Maryland, California, England, Canada, Germany, and Japan.
Local breakfast: The Silver Flash Restaurant south on Kedzie about 2 miles (N 41.62800, W 87.69833)
Best choice for lodging: Elsewhere
Personal observations: Although it has improved in recent years, this neighborhood could be considered “rough” Use
caution when getting out of the car and don’t railfan alone here.
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