The Gregarious Railfan
Willow Creek Junction, Portage, IN   46368 (population, 36,840)

GPS: N 41.58827, W 87.18336   Google map   

Scanner: CSX 160.230 [8], 161.370 [84]

Railroads: CSX Chicago Division, Garret Sub; CSX Chicago Division, Porter Sub  

FRA Info:   Crossing Inventory Report for CSX Garret Sub, Willow Creek Rd,  PDF;
Crossing Inventory Report for CSX Porter Sub, Chrisman Rd,  PDF

Description: Willow Creek is a neighborhood in the city of Porter, Indiana.  It is the location of the junction of the
Garrett Subdivision, Porter Subdivision, and Barr Subdivision, all sections of the CSX Railroad. Best to park in the
Woodland Park parking lot 400 ft north of the junction and walk the sidewalk to the junction.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 54   

Nearby RR stuff: Porter Junction, about 6 miles east of here; Ogden Dunes Station,  3.5 mi north

Other interesting or fun stuff:  Bass Pro Shop north at I-94 interchange.  N 41.60369, W 87.16829;  

Gregariousness quotient: Low

Parking: For safety, you should park in the lot to Woodland Park, 500 feet north of the junction.

Breakfast: Denny's 6171 Melton Rd, Portage,  N 41.59779, W 87.17469  1 1/2 mi north  

Fast Food:  McDonald's 6321 Ameriplex Dr, Portage, N 41.60688, W 87.17119  near Bass Pro  

Ice Cream:  Dairy Queen Grill and Chill 6310 Ameriplex Dr,  N 41.60779, W 87.17129  

Pub and Grub:  Shenanigans Irish Pub 6121 US-20, Portage,  N 41.59812, W 87.17911  

Lodging:  Best Western Plus Portage Hotel & Suites 6200 Melton Rd, Portage,  N 41.59891, W 87.17609;
       Super 8 Portage 6118 Melton Rd, Portage,  N 41.59918, W 87.17892  

Personal observations: Basically this is another place to watch the B&O. Indiana is blessed with ‘almost too many
good railfan locations.
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Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
December 2014
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