Kalamazoo MI 49007 (population, 75,548) Page 2
GPS: N 42.29540, W 85.58412 (Amtrak station) Google map
Scanner: NS, 160.800 ; Grand Elk, 160.115 , 161.535 
Description: Kalamazoo is located in southwest Michigan and is served by Norfolk Southern, Amtrak, and The Grand
Elk Railroad. B O Tower stands at the diamond that is the junction between the Grand Rapids to Elkhart, Grand Elk
Railroad and the Detroit to Chicago Norfolk Southern main. Grand Elk handles the switching for Kalamazoo industries.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: NS 10, Grand Elk 6 (switching)
Nearby RR stuff: B O Tower, 2 blocks east, N 42.29582, W 85.57806, MP 143; and the ex Grand Rapids and
Indiana Station and Freight house, now HQ for the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, N 42.29294, W 85.57863;
Grand Elk RR Botsford Yard, N 42.29399, W 85.56622; There is an Interurban car, waiting to be restored, on
Water Street, N 42.29434, W 85.57898
Other interesting or fun stuff: The Gilmore Car Museum, at Hickory Corners, 16 miles to the northwest, is well
worth the drive and price of admission ($$) One of the best automotive museums in the world. N 42.44213, W
Gregariousness quotient: low to medium
Fast Food: McDonald's across the street west of the Amtrak station.
Ice Cream: Plainwell Ice Cream Co., 128 Portage Street, N 42.29139, W 85.58157
Breakfast: Main Street Café, 232 E Michigan Ave, N 42.29191, W 85.58112
Pub & Grub: Green Top Tavern, 250 E Michigan Ave, N 42.29215, W 85.58083
Lodging: Super 8, 618 Maple Hill Dr, near US-131, N 42.29437, W 85.65931
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
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