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

Located in the Heart of Homewood

The viewing platform is on Harwood Avenue in downtown Homewood, on the east side of the tracks, south of the PACE Bus facility. The platform is wheelchair accessible and also features a scanner picking up radio from nearby Markham Yard.

The equipment park is located on Park Avenue between the Homewood station and Dixie Highway on the west side of the tracks.

The pedestrian tunnel for access to the Metra and Amtrak platforms, can be used to cross safely underneath the tracks and access both the platform and the display.

Over time, the tunnel will be filled with murals depicting various scenes from the Illinois Central's long and illustrious history. The first of these, featuring the famous “Green Diamond” streamliner of the 1930's, is already on display at the east end of the tunnel.

The Village of Homewood and the Homewood Rail Heritage Committee hope to see you trackside and invite you to sample Homewood's many other amenities while you visit. All the railfan facilities are located in Homewood's downtown area and are within easy walking distance of the train station, free parking, and many quaint shops and fine restaurants.

For more on the Homewood Rail Heritage Committee, the Railroad Park and the history of the Illinois Central in Homewood, download this excerpt from the Fall 2004 Homewood Village Key community newsletter.

The Village of Homewood and the Homewood Rail Heritage Committee wish to thank the following for their assistance and/or donations to this project:

  • Canadian National Railways
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • National Railway Equipment
  • Hulcher Heavy Equipment Services
  • Metra
  • PACE Transit Agency

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This page last modified March 11, 2012 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 or the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.