The rail watching platform in Homewood

Homewood Railroad Park
Home of the Main Line of Mid-America




Appreciating Their Railroad Heritage

A Proposal Becomes Reality

Located in the
Heart of Homewood

Visiting Homewood


The Blackhawk Railway Historical Society will be at...

Homewood Rail Fest

...this Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the H-F Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road in Homewood, Illinois. Click here for directions.


Located in south suburban Chicago, the Village of Homewood is located at the southern end of Illinois Central's Markham yard and is Canadian National's U.S. headquarters.

As one of CN's most active yards in the Chicago area, Homewood sees freight trains from CN, often with power still painted for predecessor roads Illinois Central, Grand Trunk Western, Elgin, Joliet & Eastern and others. There are also Union Pacific run-through freights and Norfolk Southern trains to Decatur exercising trackage rights through to Gibson City. BNSF unit coal trains and CSX freights also make appearances.

Homewood is fortunate to still have frequent and reliable suburban service from Metra and regional and intercity passenger service from Amtrak -- a legacy from the days of Illinois Central's extensive suburban and mainline passenger operations. Amtrak's “City of New Orleans” calls on the station twice a day and on some days carries the private cars, in their IC-inspired brown and orange colors, of Pullman Rail Journeys.

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This page last modified May 4, 2016 by Webmaster. Information and artwork supplied by Paul Burgess of the Homewood Rail Heritage Committee. The words and views expressed on this page are solely those of the Webmaster and may not represent those of the CN Railways, Union Pacific Railroad, National Railway Equipment Company, Hulcher Heavy Equipment Services Company, Amtrak, Metra, and PACE Transit Agency, Arete 3 Architectural Services Company, Inc., the Village of Homewood, the Homewood Rail Heritage Committee
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