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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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  • Nice little park where the UP and BNSF mainlines cross. A covered pavilion with picnic tables makes for a pleasant wait. Railroad communications are piped into speakers around the pavilion. A small vi...  more »
  • An amazing place that (safely) gets you up close to the trains as they rumble down the tracks! If you love trains, you'll love this place!  more »
  • Although the day that I was there, we had maintenance working on the diamond, once they completed their work, the viewing was great. Unfortunately, the radio at the park was messed up, so you couldn't...  more »
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  • Pretty sure I could be a regular here!!! My son's love coming here if not just to watch the trains, but also to play on the little engine near the entrance and the Hobo Camp below the pavilion. I enjoy just letting them have fun while I chill and watch the trains!!! This is a wonderful family friendly park for everyone!!!!!!
  • 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.
  • Hey, I like trains. There were so many of them and the gift shop was really nice. Wonderful shaded picnic area with radio comms. I loved it.
  • A great place to relax and watch trains go by. A visit here will never disappoint. Bathrooms are available as well as a gift shop to commemorate your visit.
  • Very great to watch trains up close and view from the diamond the gift sho peas amazing also will come back for sure!

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