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10 best places to watch the trains go by?

  • I know that Rochelle, Illinois is an excellent place for the train lovers, are there any places in the US where you can watch the trains go by often?
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  • here is my list

    1. Folkston,GA CSX
    2. Hamlet,NC CSX
    3. Maroin,OH CSX,NS
    4. Crssondra,PA NS
    5. Rochelle,IL UP,BNSF
    6. Galsburg,IL BNSF
    7. Greenwood, CSX on a map it say they have NS running though there but I have not seen any NS
    8. Austell,GA NS
    9. Waycross,GA CSX
    10. Augusta,GA CSX,NS





    kevin
  • 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
  • #1 Clovis NM (BNSF)
    #2 Kirkwood MO (UP Amtrak)
    #3 Vally Jct IL (All Local Roads)
    #4 Dupo IL (UP)
    #5 Nassiu Tower NJ (LI)
    #6 Shrewsberry, MO (BNSF, soon Metrolink)
    #8 Downtown St. Louis (All Local Roads)
    #9 Granite City, IL (All Local Roads)
    #10 WR tower IL (All Local Roads)
    Jim Tiroch RIP Saveria DiBlasi - My First True Love and a Great Railfanning Companion Saveria Danielle DiBlasi Feb 5th, 1986 - Nov 4th, 2008 Check em out! My photos that is: http://bnsfkline.rrpicturearchives.net and ALS2001 Productions http://www.youtube.com/ALS2001
  • 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


    I have to agree with a lot of these suggested spots. My personal favorites include (in order of preference) BNSF Eola Yard in Aurora, IL, Rochelle, IL, Naperville, IL, West Chicago (crossing with UP and EJ&E), Blue Island tower, Coal City, IL. Eolafan (Jim)
    Eolafan (a.k.a. Jim)
  • 1.-5. Any place on the UP between Clinton, IA, and Cheyenne, WY.
    6-10. The Powder River Basin
    I love the smell of ALCo smoke in the Morning. "Long live the 251!!!" I miss the GBW and my favorite uncle is Uncle Pete. Uncle Pete eats Space Noodles for breakfast.
  • What no Fostoria?[:D]
    I'm out Choochin!
  • QUOTE: Originally posted by AlcoRS11Nut

    1.-5. Any place on the UP between Clinton, IA, and Cheyenne, WY.
    6-10. The Powder River Basin
    I wi***hat I could go Railfanning in the PRB Coal fields,I just love coal Trains. I know that im a strange person of likeing Coal Trains but that's just the way I am,I go crazy for Loaded Coal Trains.
  • My list:
    1. Altoona,PA.(Horseshoe Curve)NS
    2. Galesburg,IL. BNSF
    3. Rochelle,IL. UP-BNSF
    4. Gorham,IL. UP
    5. Terre Haute,IN. CSX-CP
    6. Centralia,IL. CN-NS-BNSF
    7. Mitchell,IL. NS-UP-KCS-BNSF
    8. Effingham,IL CN-CSX
    9. DuQuion, IL. CN-UP
    10. Kirkwood,MO. UP
    I know there are other places, but this is a list of where I have been.
  • These are not in any particular order, nor are there 10 but they are among the best.

    Park on US 20 on east side of Erie PA NS-CSXT-GE Test track
    Downtown Cumberland MD CSXT-WM Scenic
    Fostoria OH CSXT-NS-Amtrak (several lines cross Amtrak late at night)
    Downtown Altoona Mall NS-Amtrak Railroader's Museum
    Alliance OH NS
    Tower A Cincinnati Union Terminal NS (overlooks Gest St Yard) CSXT (much of Queensgate yard) Amtrak (Tower A closed when due)
    Roof of Washington DC Union Station parking garage (not sure about security issues) Amtrak-MARC-VRE
  • I like the eastbound rest area on Interstate 84 in Weber Canyon, Utah. A comfortable little park with restrooms and good parking. And the UP mainlines are about 30 feet away across the Weber River.

    dd
  • 1-10 Anywhere on the Northeast Corridor is a great place. Passenger freight many railroads and not long waiting periods.
  • 1.Matfield Green KS-BNSF
    2.Emporia KS-BNSF (UP)?
    3.Kansas City KS/MO
    4.Augusta KS BNSF
  • There are lots of places where one can "watch the trains go by often", but does that equate to one of the best places? Clearly, other factors need to come into play to determine "best." Comfortable surroundings, scenery, and a general atmosphere that focuses on railroading would be a good start. How about a national park that was more or less created by a railroad, with scenery so great it's known as "A place touched by magic" and "The Crown of Continent"? For comfort, how about a railroad-built hotel that has been renovated with all the comforts of home but is still right near the main line? And what if the railroad-built hotel had its own Amtrak stop, and was filled with railroad memorabilia? And what if this hotel was astride one of the busiest main lines in the United States at the base of a still-active helper district? Well, such a place does indeed exist: The Izaak Walton Inn on the edge of Incomparable Glacier National Park in Essex, Montana. Truly, it's the quintessential trainwatching spot in America. For the number 2 spot, go 30 miles east (and during the summer tourist season only, unfortunately) to East Glacier, Montana where you can still get a room in in this 90+ year-old railroad-built grand hotel that faces the track where you can look down the flower-lined walkway to the classic log ex-Great Northern Amtrak station and watch the Empire Builder go through as has been the case for over 75 years.... There are lots of places to watch trains go by. But if you want to be immersed in the railroad experience as you watch them pass, head to Montana's Glacier National Park where the glory days of railroading past coexist with those of today (and BNSF even painted their locomotives to look like those of the GN to help out!).

    Mark Meyer

  • Flatonia, Texas. We have a nice large pavilion there, and no, the police never hassle us for taking pictures. It's a small enough town that they either know us or see us often enough to know who we are. Good interlocker action. Mostly UP, but KCS, and BNSF too. It's out on the edge of town, so it's a nice, quiet rural setting. It's almost exactly half way between Houston and San Antonio, about a mile south of I10. Really a nice spot. The old interlocker tower is downtown, along with an old SP caboose. Then Muldoon and West Point are about fifteen miles north. It's a good place, but not too many people know about it or go there, and there aren't any facilities at all.


    m