The Gregarious Railfan
Savanna, IL  61074   (population, 4,331)

GPS: N 42.09025, W 90.15535   Google map   

Scanner: BNSF 161.100 [66], 161.160 [79], 161.415 [87]; CP 161.370 [84], 161.085 [65]  

Railroads:  BNSF Chicago Division, Aurora Sub; Canadian Pacific (DME) Quad Cities Division, Chicago Sub

Description: At Savanna, BNSF routes from Chicago and Galesburg merge and continue north on the double track line
along the Mississippi River to the Twin Cities.  CP’s DM&E division (ex IC&E, ex I&M Rail Link, ex Milwaukee Road)
bridge crosses the Mississippi from Sabula, IA to Savanna, IL; then crosses BNSF line at grade just south of downtown.  
There is a pedestrian bridge for the Great River Trail that parallels the BNSF and crosses the CP that gives good views
of the trains.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 30

Nearby RR stuff:  The Savanna Train Car Museum, Hiawatha train car # 261 transformed into a museum houses a
large collection of RR memorabilia, at the south end of Main St. N 42.09072, W 90.15519

Gregariousness quotient: Low

Local Breakfast: The Kountry Kettle, 1801 Chicago Ave. N 42.09474, W 90.13058

Fast Food:   McDonalds, 1240 Chicago Ave, N 42.08959, W 90.13391;
Taco Bell, 44 Main St, N 42.09140, W 90.15503

Ice Cream: Shivers, 708 Main St, N 42.09766, W 90.15736

Local Pub and grub: Iron Horse Social Club, 314 Main St. N 42.09371, W 90.15649

Best choice for lodging: Savanna Inn & Suites, 101 Valley View Dr, N 42.09114, W 90.13381

Printable PDF take along fact sheet:   Savanna Fact Sheet
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
November 2014
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