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
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.
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.