Park Forest and Matteson Rail Fan Park

Day 2 – Illinois Trip – Park Forest/Matteson

This is a brand new attraction in Park Forest and we looked forward to going here.  There is nothing like this in Wisconsin (that we know of) since the railroad structure is much greater in Illinois.  In fact, the Chicago metro area is the largest hub in the country!  In particular, this railroad “cloverleaf” is very special and the only one visible to the general public. It opened July 28, 2013.  Here is a great video of the arrival and installation of the caboose.

Rail Fan Park in Park Forest

The "J" red caboose

There is a red caboose on display, and many informative signs on the trail and on the viewing platform above.

This is the view of the cloverleaf from the platform.

Rail Cloverleaf


Here are some of the signs describing this unique place.

Cloverleaf story


Chicago - Rail Capital

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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