RAILFANNING IN CHICAGO

With every major railroad entering Chicago, there is a favorite spot for everyone to watch trains.

Metra trains can be used to reach most hot spots. The Union Pacific West Line and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line are filled with hot spots, with heavy freight traffic sharing those lines with Metra trains.

TOP TEN RAILFAN SPOTS

Top Ten Railfan Spots (North/West)
Top Ten Railfan Spots (South)

Chicago's ten best train watching sites, as selected a number of years ago by TRAINS Magazine staff members.

Google Maps

This zoomable Google Map has been marked with the "Top Ten" railfan spots in the Chicago area. Also marked are the most useful public transportation transfer locations, for getting to and from these locations. When zooming in close enough on Google Maps, all train station and bus stops are marked as little blue squares, which can be clicked for route and schedule information.


TRAIN WATCHING PHOTOS

A photo sampling, mostly of freight train activity in the Chicago area, mostly during the mid 1990's.

RADIO FREQUENCIES

Most of the available radio frequencies, are in use in the Chicago area.


RAILFAN LINKS

Chicago Area Rail Junctions

Link to a Web site containing more comprehensive information, on where to watch trains in the Chicago area.

Train Watcher's Guide To Chicago

John Szwajkart's Web Site includes information on ordering his book, "Train Watcher's Guide To Chicago", which has been the standard reference book for Chicago railfanning for more than 30 years. Similar books are available for St. Louis and Kansas City.

RAILROAD MUSEUMS AND RAILFAN ORGANIZATIONS

Museums and railfan organizations covering Chicago and beyond.


Any suggestions and information would be appreciated regarding additional Web links for this page. Bill Vandervoort