The Gregarious Railfan
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
December 2014
December 2014

The area around Joliet Union Station is undergoing extensive
renovation with changes in the location and orientation of Metra and
Amtrak platforms, also parking around the area will change. I have no
ready way to obtain updates, so construction of this page is on hold.
Map page for map of construction Area
I will update the description when I get a report or after the
next time I can visit.  Help me out! If you can e-mail me new
info or pictures at

August 2017 - I still have not returned to Joliet but have been told
the raifanning is better than ever.   

September 2017 - Latest You Tube by Rails Chicago (2nd page)
shows new cantilevered Signals, new Amtrak stop, refurbished UD
tower, and new Matra platform.  See
Map page again.  
Union Station Joliet, IL   60436  (population, 147,678)        Page 2  

GPS: N 41.52445, W 88.07999   Google map   

Scanner:   BNSF 160.650 [36], 160.830 [45]; CN 160.920 [54], 161.190 [72]; METRA 161.340 [82];
UP 161.280 [78]; CSX 160.230 [8], 160.290 [12], 160.320 [14]; IAIS 160.305 [13]

Railroads: Union Pacific Chicago Division, Springfield Sub; Canadian National (IC) Chicago Division, Joliet Sub; BNSF
Chicago Division, Chillicothe Sub

FRA Info:   Crossing Inventory Report for BNSF, Jefferson St,  PDF;
Crossing Inventory Report for Metra, Scott St,  PDF  

Description:   Bill Gustason's Joliet Page gives a better description of the junction than I could write: : LINK  
There have been changes to the area in the last few years, see note below.  UD tower across the tracks and east of
Joliet Station was closed in 2015 and there are, apparently, plans to convert it to a railroad museum.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 75+      

Local Breakfast: Old Fashioned Pancake House, 2202 W. Jefferson St, N 41.52207, W 88.13232     

Fast Food: US-30 east N 41.52791, W 88.07215 Burger King, McDonalds, Subway

Unique Eats: Ace Drive In, 1207 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, IL  Home-made Root Beer (seasonal) N 41.54516, W 88.11162

Local Pub and Grub: McBrides on 52, 2727 W Jefferson, N 41.52219, W 88.14905;  Al's Steak House, 1990 W
Jefferson St, N 41.52182, W 88.13069   

Best Choice for Lodging: Super 8 by Joliet Mall North at I-55 N 41.57927, W 88.16732; others at Larkin Ave. by

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