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 at

May 2017 - I still have not returned to Joliet
Union Station Joliet, IL   60436  (population, 147,678)

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]

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

Description:            see Note: below.  Waiting for my next trip to Joliet.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 75+ (RW)      

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    

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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