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Rochelle Railroad Park, Rochelle

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The Rochelle Railroad Park is a city park located in Rochelle, Illinois, where railfans can safely view and photograph trains. The park is situated in the eastern quadrant of the diamond crossing between the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and BNSF Railway (BNSF) mainlines between Chicago and points west.The two mainlines cross at a location on the southwest side of Rochelle. The UP's (formerly the Chicago and North Western Railway's) mainline travels through the crossing from the southwest to northeast, and the BNSF's (formerly the Burlington Northern Railroad's) mainline travels the northwest to southeast corners.Before the city of Rochelle built the park, railfans typically parked just short of an interchange siding connecting the two railroads in the northern quadrant of the crossing. The interchange track connected the northern track of the eastern portion of the UP's mainline with the northern track of the western portion of the BNSF's mainline. While this parking location allowed the railfans to see a great distance towards the West along UP's mainline, many vehicles were parked too close to the interchange track to be safe if a train were to use the interchange. Additionally, there was no protection to keep trespassers off the tracks themselves. This Northern interchange track has since been removed although a longer interchange siding still exists on the South quadrant of the crossing.
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  • There are not many places where people can get up close to rail action anymore. The Rochelle Railroad Park is one of them. With a gift shop, restrooms, and a covered pavilion, it is ideal for spending...  more »
  • If you love trains this is such a fun place to bring a lunch and camp out and watch the really fun trains coming and going! They have a small gift shop that serves yummy coffee.  more »
  • We visit the Railfan Park as often as we can. Happy to have such world wide interest in our little town.  more »
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  • I don't think it's as busy as it used to be but it's still pretty busy. What's astounding are the amenities that you find here on the grounds. There is even a nice little park grill so you can bring your own charcoal and meats and have a real sausage fest while watching trains. I think they do a lot of maintenance during the weekends on the diamonds so if you are here on a Saturday don't be surprised if you see a work crew for a few hours but I can guarantee you that when they are done the floodgates open.
  • Very great to watch trains up close and view from the diamond the gift sho peas amazing also will come back for sure!
  • This place is perfect for Train Spotters. But DONT go on Sunday, it's boring. But Monday through Saturday is perfect. Go from 11AM to 2:30PM. Perfect time.
  • Great place to hang out! Very clean restrooms, ample shade and picnic tables.
  • It's awesome if you love trains but personally not a big fan