The Gregarious Railfan
Aurora, IL  60505  (population, 199,963)

GPS: N 41.76184, W 88.30918 Metra Station   Google map   

Scanner: BNSF, 161.100 [66], 161.160 [70]

Railroad: BNSF Chicago Division, Chicago Sub, MP 37

Description:     Aurora, IL is at the end of the Metra BNSF line on the west end of the busy BNSF triple track
“Racetrack”. The BNSF Metra Coach yard is located here.  It is a great location if you want something close to
centralized railfanning in north central Illinois.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 135+ This includes 74 Metra, and 6 Amtrak (including The Southwest Chief)
and approximately 55 full length BNSF freight trains.

Nearby RR stuff:  There is CB&Q Caboose on display at the station.  The Rochelle Railfan Park is approximately a
one hour drive to the west on I-88 (toll).  It is a one hour Metra ride into Union Station with stops at many other
good railfan locations along the ‘racetrack’.  Just across the Fox River to the west, The BNSF Mendota sub splits off
and goes to the West, While the Aurora sub continues through Rochelle and on to Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Other interesting or fun stuff:  If you or your spouse enjoys shopping or other diversions, they are close by. Chicago
Premium Outlets is just north of town.  The towns of St Charles and Geneva also offer quaint or historic sightseeing
and shopping.

Gregariousness quotient: Low (Not many railfans congregate, and commuters always have their own agenda.)

Local breakfast:  Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake (west of the Fox River)

Local Fast Food: 1 mile north on Lake St. (west of the Fox River)

Ice Cream: Dairy Queen 126 N. Lake St. (N 41.76131, W 88.31667)
and Banana Split, Inc., 820 Church Road (N 41.774979, W 88.29767)

Local Pub and grub: Just south of the Metra station is Two Brothers’ Roundhouse Restaurant (Pizza) and Brew
pub.  $$

Best choice for lodging: Comfort Suite hotel (N 41.75992, W 88.31003) $$ (a little pricey but it is trackside)

Personal observations:   This is mostly a “lay of the Land” location. All of the same trains may be seen anywhere
along the ‘racetrack’.

Printable PDF take along fact sheet:  Aurora Fact Sheet
“Never underestimate the power of stupid
people in large groups.” -George Carlin
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
November 2014  revised 9/26/2105
A little bit more but not enough for Page 2
Annotated Google map of Aurora
**Interesting factoid: EOLA stands for "End of Line Aurora"