The Gregarious Railfan
Galesburg, IL  61401 (population, 32,195)

GPS: N 40.9449, W 90.3644   Google map   

Scanner: BNSF: 161.100 [66], 161.385 [85], 161.415 [87], yard: 160.875 [51]

Railroads: BNSF Chicago Division, Galesburg ATSF Sub; Mendota Sub; Barstow Sub; Peoria Sub; Yates City Sub;
Ottumwa Sub; Brookfield Sub

FRA Info:   Crossing Inventory Report for BNSF, Mulberry St,   PDF  

Description: Galesburg, Illinois is located in Northwest Illinois. Galesburg is a railroad town with a large rail yard and
major East-West main lines and a rich history for both the Santa Fe and Burlington railroads.  The Galesburg Railroad
Museum is located right next to the modern Amtrak Station (N 40.9449, W 90.3644) and is a good place to watch
trains.  Another spot to watch trains is from top of the bridge on CR 10 (N 40.91753, W 90.37953). There are
wide shoulders on the bridge with plenty of room for railfans to park, exit their cars and take photographs. A common
railfan location is at Peck Park with the best entrance off North St. (GPS: N 40.95107, W 90.35713)  Galesburg
hosts the Galesburg Railroad Days every year towards the later part of June.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 90+ Including 8 Amtrak trains.  Amtrak stops include The California Zephyr,
The Southwest Chief, The Illinois Zephyr, and The Carl Sandburg.

Gregariousness quotient: Medium

Local breakfast:  Gray’s Sandwich Shop, 1160 W Main, N 40.94759, W 90.38930

Local Food: Restaurants and convenience stores are abundant in Galesburg.  A great place for a hot dog is Coney
Island, 77 S. Cherry St. N 40.9472, W 90.3695

Local Pub and grub:  Sulley’s Pub, 1075 N Henderson St, N 40.96019, W 90.38318

Lodging:  Best Western Prairie Inn east of Galesburg at I-74, N 40.94376, W 90.33053
or Comfort Inn off Henderson at US-34, N 40.97454, W 90.38548; and

Visitor Info:   Experience Galesburg   
“It is the side of the mountain that sustains life, not the summit.” –Robert Persig
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
November 2014
A little bit more but not enough for Page 2
Annotated Google map of Galesburg
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