The Gregarious Railfan
Rochelle, IL  61068 (population, 9574)                 Page 2   Page 3   

GPS: N 41.92045, W 89.07119   Google map   

Scanner: UP: 161.040 [62]; BNSF: 161.100 [66], 161.160 [70], 161.385 [85]; CIR: 160.455 [23], 160.950 [56]

Railroads:  Union Pacific Illinois Division, Geneva Sub; BNSF Chicago Division, Aurora Sub; CIR, City of Rochelle RR

FRA Info:   Crossing Inventory for UP, 9th St, PDF; Crossing Inventory for BNSF, 9th St, PDF    

Description: A rail junction of the Union Pacific, (former CNW) double track main and the Burlington Northern Santa
Fe (former CB&Q) single main with a passing siding.  At the rail junction N 41.9202, W 89.0741, the City of Rochelle
has built an exceptional railfan park.  The park includes a large covered, raised pavilion with electricity, picnic tables, a
charcoal grill, lighted paved parking, some historical displays, restrooms, and a gift/snack shop.    

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: about 80+, (50 UP, and 30 BNSF)

Nearby RR stuff:

.        CIR - City of Rochelle Railroad,  N 41.90850, W 89.03643
City of Rochelle owned, operated by Burlington Junction Railway is a switch carrier connecting with BNSF Railway and
Union Pacific Railroad.  
Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY) is a Class III shortline railroad which operates industrial
switching rail lines in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Including the Industrial Park Area in SE Rochelle in SE Rochelle.   

.       Union Pacific Depot, 230 N Main St,  N 41.92135, W 89.06556

UPs Global III intermodal yard, just west of Rochelle. N 41.89823, W 89.13141

The Illinois Railway Museum is located 50 mi. NE of Rochelle in Union, IL N 42.22875, W 88.53062

Gregariousness quotient: High   

Personal Observation:  Rochelle is one of my two or three favorite places to go railfanning. Excellent facilities, lots of trains
and there are always other railfans to talk with and share stories with.

Clik for
TRAINS Article on Rochelle   (access may be limited to subscribers)**  
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
December 2014
Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision. - Dick Armey
Rochell RR Park Pavilion
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