Rochelle Railroad Park, Rochelle

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#68 of 214 in Parks in Illinois
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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  • Not much of a train fan myself they are way too loud and boring for me. It is a little area with a covered area for train watching and a little museum that is open limited hours. If you love trains or...  more »
  • This is a great spot for anyone that enjoys trains. The gift shop was hot and the cashier wasn't very friendly...  more »
  • A nice park, with a covered seating area, a grill and a fire pit. There is also a small gift shop with coffee and snacks. You can also use the monitor to track the arrival of freight traffic. Great fo...  more »
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  • Awesome place to have a quaint lunch. A gazebo shelter in the middle sums up the seating, however you can get a view of the trains from your vehicle in the parking lot. Also can walk up and down a good distance if you prefer. Fun for train enthusiasts of all ages or for people looking to break the monotony with some different scenery. A stationary box car is a good photo opp for the group. Stop in sometime... Its worth a detour
  • Nice place to enjoy nice weather and trains. One of the few railroad diamonds in US. THE Burlington Nothern crosses the Union Pacific. Inside restrooms available. There is a gift shop. Snacks and poo are sold. Dog Hub in Rochelle delivers here. Awesome food.
  • I've been going here for almost 20 years. You will be hard pressed to find a spot where you can see more trains in one day anywhere near the Rockford metropolitan area. There is also a great shelter to sit under, play area for kids, and gift shop if you need to warm up/want to get a souvenir. There is also a detailed map of what trains will be coming when inside, just as the attendant to help you read it the first time because it can be tricky.
  • I remember coming here in January, and it was a blast! Nice people, staff, and trains! Here I caught my very first BNSF H1 ( I do live on UP lines ) BNSF Fakebonnet, and a old We Will Deliver engine. I almost caught UP 7400 but I was late. And it's always nice to see 2 subs cross. I will definitely be here for Rochelle RR Days 2018! If you see me in a UP hat and a UP Heritage shirt, that would be me (I'm a kid) Hope to see everyone there! And have a good time! Bye
  • If you are a railfan, this spot is the best in the nation. Fans from all over the nation here every day
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