Park Forest and Matteson Rail Fan Park

4-22-14 and 4-28-18

This is a brand new attraction in Park Forest and we looked forward to going here.  This is only one of two railroad cloverleaf locations in the country.   This is the only one visible to the general public. The other one is in California. It opened July 28, 2013.  Here is a great video of the arrival and installation of the caboose.

There is not a parking lot here, you can park on nearby North St. though.

Here is a view of the same area from the CN website.

Rail Fan Park in Park Forest

The "J" red caboose

This is the view of the cloverleaf from the platform. It is 35 feet high. This structure allows trains facing East/West to easily change to a North/South orientation.

Rail Cloverleaf

We were there in the early evening during our 2018 visit, 6:15 PM. A Canadian National Train paid us a visit on the cloverleaf, so lucky!

We waved at the Engineer and he waved back!  This train is HUGE, it took over 7 minutes to pass.

There are several signs describing this unique place. Click on each picture to expand for readability.




As you see, Illinois is quite important in the rail industry.  You could also see the nearby Metra platform when you look to the right. One of the trains went by.

Metra train

A large freight train with eight engines also went by in that same area.

We wish we had more time to stay, but we had to continue seeing the other sights in Park Forest. It was a lot of fun and I recommend a visit for any fan of railroads.

Related Sites and Articles

* Park Forest Rail Fan Park

* Roadside America

* Railfan Motels

* Chicago Southland Rail

* Old Plank Road Trail

* St. Louis Post Dispatch

* Shuttletrain Wanderings blog

* What is Railfanning?

* Chicago Southland Interactive Brochure pdf

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