The Gregarious Railfan
Centralia, IL   62801 (population, 13,031)                Page 2

GPS: N 38.52751, W 89.13590 (Amtrak Station)   Google map   

Scanner: CN: 161.190 [72], NS: 160.950 [56], BNSF: 161.100 [66] (I believe Amtrak uses the CN frequency)

Railroads:  Canadian National Central Division, Centralia Sub; BNSF Springfield Division, Beardstown Sub; Norfolk
Southern Kentucky Division, South Sub

Description: Centralia, IL is located in Southwestern Illinois. CN, BNSF, NS, and Amtrak all travel through downtown
on three tracks with good viewing at many of the grade crossings. The Amtrak Station there is perhaps as comfortable
place to watch trains from the station parking lot as any.  

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 30+ including Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, Saluki, and Illini (all daily NB &

Nearby RR stuff: The Centralia Museum at 240 S. Locust has a bit of Railroad stuff. N 38.52524, W 89.13507  
Mt Vernon 25 Miles to the south has a busy junction where the UP crosses the NS at grade ; and Odin, IL 7 mile NE
where CSX and CN mains cross at grade.

Gregariousness quotient: Low

Local Fast Food: Mostly concentrated on West Broadway (N 38.52959, W 89.14881)

Ice Cream: Dairy Queen south on Poplar St. (N 38.52296, W 89.13409)

Local Pub and grub: Centralia House $$$ just north of the Amtrak Station and across the street.

Best choice for lodging: America’s Best Value (N 38.52884, W 89.13262) or 20 miles south on I-64 at Mt Vernon.

Printable PDF take along fact sheet:  Centralia Fact Sheet
“Never complain. Never explain.” – Dale Carnegie
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
January 2015
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from the Internet and TRAINS Magazine.  I would welcome pictures, additions, or corrections to
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