Dedicated to the research, preservation and education of railroading's past, present and future.
Winner of the City of Joliet's 2013 Historical Preservation Award


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Rock Island
Caboose #17869

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

From the Archives:
Kirk Yard 1955

A 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

Joliet Union Station - 100 Years at The Crossroads of Mid-America
The Blackhawk Chapter celebrated the station's 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 Chapter offers a full scholarship to the NRHS RailCamp for teens.

Congratulations to Lars Henderson of Valparaiso, Indiana
Winner of our 2014 RailCamp Scholarship!

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.

The Blackhawk Chapter 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...

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Lockport Depot

See how the NRHS 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

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The 2015 Lincoln
Funeral Train


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