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A Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society
The Blackhawk Railway Historical Society is devoted to the research and preservation of America's railroad history.

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Rock Island
Caboose #17869

The story of the
restored caboose in
Tinley Park, Illinois.

From the Archives:
Kirk Yard 1955

Classic behind-the-scenes look at the hump in the EJ&E's largest yard.

First Section

Who we are and what we doWho we are and what we do
Our meetings and eventsOur upcoming meetings and events, ALL open to the public
How we are preserving railroad historyHow we preserve our local railroad history
Our chapter newsletterOur highly-regarded chapter newsletter
Support our mission

Support our mission with DVDs, CDs and maps based on material from our archives.

We want YOU to get on boardWe want YOU to get on board
How and where to find usHow and where to find us
Connections to our partners & supportersConnections to our partners & supporters

Second Section

Preserving Our Depots
A closer look at some of the historic railroad stations in our area and what we have done to help preserve them.

Joliet Union Station - 100 Years at The Crossroads of Mid-America
The Blackhawk celebrates the 100th anniversary and presents a look at the future of one of our region's most notable railroad landmarks.

RailCamp Scholarship
To help encourage and develop the next generation of railfans and preservationists, the Blackhawk offers a full scholarship to the NRHS RailCamp for teens.


Now accepting applications for our
2015 RailCamp Scholarship!

The Blackhawk Guide to Santa Trains
A list of the special Santa Trains and Holiday Trains run by the railroads and museums
in our area. For kids of all ages.

Don't miss the train...

Join Us Today!

Lockport Depot

See how we and the
City of Lockport
celebrated the
150th anniversary
of this historic depot.

Homewood Railroad Park
Viewing platform and display located at the site of
Illinois Central's main Chicago-area yard
and shops

We proudly support...


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and has no relationship, direct or indirect, with any similarly named passenger trains
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