The Gregarious Railfan
Tuscola, IL  61953,  Population, 4,463 (2013)                Page 2

GPS: N 39.79899, W 88.28932  Google map    

Scanners: CN (ex IC) 161.190 [72], UP (ex MoPac) 160.410 [20], CSX 160.230 [8]

Railroads:  Canadian National (IC) Central Division, Champaign Sub; Union Pacific St Louis Division, Pana Sub: CSX
Nashville Division, Decatur Sub  

FRA Info:  Crossing Inventory Report for CN, US-36,  PDF;  Crossing Inventory Report for UP, US-36,  PDF;   
Crossing Inventory Report for CSX, Main St,  PDF

Description: Tuscola, Illinois is located in East-central Illinois, 26 miles south of Champaign. Three railroads cross in
town just west of the central business district. The CN (ex IC), The UP (ex MoPac), and the CSX (ex B&O). Some
railfans I know describe Tuscola as NOT very photogenic but with enough trains to please many.  On 5/10/2014 Tuscola
had a small celebration and displays for Amtrak's Nation Train Day, no report on 2015, but hopefully that will
continue in the future.

Approximate # of trains per 24 hours:  46; CN 20 trains per 24 hours including 6 Amtrak, UP 24 trains per 24
hours, CSX (2?) trains per 24 hours.

Fast Food: McDonald's, 1005 E Southline Rd, N 39.79152, W 88.27261

Ice Cream:  Dairy Queen,  1100 E Southline Rd,  N 39.79168, W 88.26968

Pub and Grub:  Proud Mary’s, 1003 E Southline Rd, N 39.79153, W 88.27285;
IT'LL DO Bar & Grill, 600 S. Washington Street, Tuscola, IL  61953 (Biker Bar)

Lodging:  Super 8  $$$ ($100.00), 1007 Southline Rd.; Baymont Inn, $$$ across the road.
Best Western in Monticello on I-72 40 mile drive to NW $30 cheaper than Super 8 in Tuscola.

Clik for
TRAINS Hot Spot article on Tuscola  (Article is a little dated)

Visitor Info:   Trip Advisor   
“Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.” - Lewis Mumford
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
September 2015
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from TRAINS Magazine and the internet.  I would welcome
pictures, additions, or corrections to this page. Pictures and new info will be credited on the page. e-mail me at