The Gregarious Railfan
Rochelle, IL  61068 (population, 9574)                 Page 2

GPS: N 41.92045, W 89.07119   Google map   

Scanner: UP: 161.040 [62]; BNSF: 161.100 [66], 161.160 [70], 161.385 [85]; CIR: 160.455 [23], 160.950 [56]

Railroads:  Union Pacific Illinois Division, Geneva Sub; BNSF Chicago Division, Aurora Sub

Description: A rail junction of the Union Pacific, (former CNW) double track main and the Burlington Northern Santa
Fe (former CB&Q) single main with a passing siding.  At the rail junction N 41.9202, W 89.0741, the City of Rochelle
has built an exceptional railfan park.  The park includes a large covered, raised pavilion with electricity, picnic tables, a
charcoal grill, lighted paved parking, some historical displays, restrooms, and a gift/snack shop. 

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: about 90, (55 UP, and 35 BNSF)

Nearby RR stuff: CIR - City of Rochelle Railroad
City of Rochelle owned, operated by Burlington Junction Railway is a switch carrier connecting with BNSF Railway and
Union Pacific Railroad.  Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY) is a Class III shortline railroad which operates industrial
switching rail lines in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Including the Industrial Park Area in SE Rochelle in SE Rochelle.   

Other Nearby RR stuff:  UPs Global III intermodal yard, just west of Rochelle. N 41.89823, W 89.13141 The Illinois
Railway Museum is located 50 mi. NE of Rochelle in Union, IL N 42.22875, W 88.53062

Gregariousness quotient: High

Local breakfast: The Butterfly Restaurant, 1165 Lincoln Hwy, N 41.93344, W 89.06647 (Open Breakfast, Lunch,
and Dinner)

Local Fast Food: McDonalds, Wendy's and more located east of downtown on SR 38 N 41.93441, W 89.03444;
Arby's, 328 IL-38, N 41.93411, W89.05320

Ice Cream:  Dairy Queen, 213 IL-38, N 41.93428, W 89.05710

Pub and Grub:  Abraham's Bar & Grille, 1127 N 7th St, N 41.93494, W 89.06821

Best choice for lodging: Comfort Inn & Suites N 41.9355, W 89.0680 or the Super 8 N 41.9345, W 89.0441;
The Diamond Lodge, at 215 N 9th St across from the Railpark rents rooms to railfans wanting to stay right next to
the tracks.

Personal Observation:  Rochelle is one of my two or three favorite places to go railfanning. Excellent facilities, lots of trains
and there are always other railfans to talk with and share stories with.

Printable PDF take along fact sheet:   Rochelle Fact Sheet   

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TRAINS Article on Rochelle   (access may be limited to subscribers)**  
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
December 2014
Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All
three need supervision. - Dick Armey
Rochell RR Park Pavilion