The Gregarious Railfan
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the publisher of RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.      
Franklin Park, IL  60131  (population, 18,333 (2010))                 Page 2                Mini Guide

GPS:  N 41.93680, W 87.86901  (Tower B-12)       Google map

Scanner: Metra and CP road 161.520; CN Waukesha Sub road 160.920, CN dispatcher 161.295, IHB 160.980

Railroads:   Metra Milwaukee District West, Metra North Central Service; CN Chicago Terminal Division, Waukesha
Sub; CP Chicago Division, Elgin Sub; IHB

FRA Info:   Crossing Inventory Report for Metra, Edington St,  PDF;

Description:   Franklin Park, Illinois is a near northwest suburb of Chicago about 13 miles NW of the Loop. Located on
Metra's Milwaukee West Line and just east of CP's Bensenville yard, the city holds a multi track diamond, 2 Metra
Stations, and the relocated and restored Tower B-12 and a restored caboose. The Tower provides a comfortable
trainwatching spot on the East West line. View of the diamond is a little more problematic. The park in the NW
quadrant of the diamond, next to the police station is said to have high fences but still provides the best views.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours:  120 on weekdays, substantially less on weekends. The majority of trains are

Nearby RR stuff:  Tower B-12 and caboose, N 41.93680, W 87.86901;
Metra - CN diamond, N 41.93420, W 87.85878; MW Metra Station, N 41.93660, W 87.86642;

Gregariousness quotient:  Low to Medium

Breakfast:  Denny's, 2447 Mannheim Rd, Franklin Park, N 41.924063, W 87.88421

Fast Food:  McDonalds, 2627 Mannheim Rd, Franklin Park, N 41.92669, W 87.88433

Ice Cream:  Baskin Robbins, 10131 W Grand Ave, Franklin Park, N 41.92999, W 87.87833  

Pub and Grub:  Mike O'Donnell's Irish Pub, 9573 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park, N 41.93506, W 87.86524
Hala Kahiki Tiki Lounge, 2834 River Rd, River Grove, IL, N 41.93165, W 87.84797

Lodging:  Super 8, 3160 N River Rd, River Grove, N 41.93711, W 87.85114
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Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from TRAINS Magazine and the Internet.  I would welcome
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