Railfanning fact sheet for Homewood
Homewood, IL 60430 (population, 19,323)
GPS: N 41.5609, W 87.6683
Scanner: CN: 160.920, 161.190, 161.460; Metra: 161.025
Description: Homewood, Illinois is a southern suburb of Chicago, located just South of I-80. The City of Homewood, inspired by the success of the Rochelle Railroad Park, has built a railfan viewing platform to the East of the CN (former IC) right of way (which is 8 tracks wide through downtown Homewood). The Platform is elevated and features benches and a scanner over a loudspeaker. The action includes plenty of CN/IC, Amtrak, and Metra Electric District trains. Train volumes frequently top 100 trains per day according to local officials. Metra parking lots are not free and you must pay or be towed. There is plenty of free parking available. There is an Illinois Central equipment display across the tracks from the viewing platform by the Amtrak Station. There is a pedestrian tunnel under the tracks at the Metra Station to connect the two sides of the tracks.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 100+ The majority of trains are Metra.
Nearby RR stuff: CN’s busy Markham Yard is located to the north of Homewood Station and yard movements in and out of the yard are common. There is little opportunity to view the yards except from public roads which surround them or pass through them.
Gregariousness quotient: low, I have rarely seen other railfans at this location.
Local breakfast: Blueberry Hill Pancake House, less than ½ mile south at the corner of Harwood & 183rd St.
Local Food: Plenty of good restaurants and shops are in town, just 2 blocks from the viewing platform. There is a Starbuck’s Coffee right across the street from the viewing platform.
Ice Cream: Mitchell’s Candies and Ice Cream (N 41.5615, W 87.6640) is located at 18211 Dixie Hwy in downtown.
Local Pub and grub: Two miles south of Homewood is Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery (N 41.5433, W 87.6787) located on the West side of the CN tracks in a former IC train station.
Best choice for lodging: NW of downtown near I-80 on Halstead
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