Railfanning fact sheet for Park Forrest, IL
Park Forrest, IL (population, 21,975)
GPS: N 41.49796, W 87.69932
Scanner: CN 161.190 / Metra 161.025
Description: Park Forest, ILis poised to become a pilgrimage spot for railfans. One of America's two largest railroad intersections, a self-described "cloverleaf interchange for trains," completed in October 2011. Next to it is Rail Fan Park, featuring a platform on a 35-foot-high viewing mound where railfans can watch an average 30 trains that pass through each day. Long trains loop over themselves as they navigate the interchange, and a scanner on the platform allows visitors to listen in on the chatter.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 30
Gregariousness quotient: Low to medium
Local Fast Food: on US-30
Personal observations: This could become a busy railfan location when the word gets spread.
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Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info from friends and the internet.
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