QUOTE: Originally posted by BNSFLaGrange
Well Im only 15 and have only been doing this for one year but here it goes.
#1 Blue Island - CSX, IHB and CN own the lines but almost every single railroad that operates through Chicago can be seen here. I havent seen EJ&E, NS, and CRL but I am told CRL operates sometimes.
#2 Joliet - BNSF, CN, Metra/IAIS BNSF's transcon passes over the former Rock Island. I love this spot becuase you dont have to worry about tresspassing at all. The diamonds are at Joloet Union station.
#3 State Line- NS, CSX, IHB Former Nickle Plate crossing over former B&O and formerly crossing over Monon and Erie Lackawana. Fascinating place to see.
#4 Homan Ave (Hammond) -NS, IHB The same Nickle Plate line that passes through State Line but two miles or so southeast. The junction is right under an overpass. If you want a good spot to see the IHB this is the place to go.
#5,6,7 LaGrange, Hinsdale, Naperville - BNSF The three best spot to view the former Q around Chicago. LaGrange has the added IHB/CSX joint line that passes through Blue Island also.
#8,9 West Chicago, Lombard - UP Two of my favorite locales on the Geneva Sub. West Chicago has an EJ&E crossing as a bonus. Both locations have great potential for pictures if you like sweeping curves.
#10 Deval -UP/CP, CN, Metra Definately not as busy as all the others but it is the busiest location on the northside (where I live). The former WC track run parallel to First St. for about 4 blocks and can give you some wonderful pictures. The UP/CP joint line can also give you some great pictures, but Ill let you in on a little secret. There are some woods just north of grade crossing on Des Plaines River Rd. Go through the woods to the tracks. BE CAREFUL!!!! I always stay off the tracks and am cautious when a train rolls by. Dont make the UP or CP put fences around the area!!!!! I want to have a senic spot in this urban mess
QUOTE: Originally posted by AlcoRS11Nut
1.-5. Any place on the UP between Clinton, IA, and Cheyenne, WY.
6-10. The Powder River Basin