The Gregarious Railfan
Franklin Park, IL  60131  (population, 18,333 (2010))             

GPS:  N 41.93680, W 87.86901  (Tower B-12)       Google map

Scanner: Metra and CP road 161.520; CN Waukesha Sub road 160.920, CN dispatcher 161.295, IHB 160.980

Railroads:   Metra Milwaukee District West, Metra North Central Service; CN Chicago Terminal Division, Waukesha
Sub; CP Chicago Division, Elgin Sub; IHB  

Description:   Franklin Park, Illinois is a near northwest suburb of Chicago about 13 miles NW of the Loop. Located on
Metra's Milwaukee West Line and just east of CP's Bensenville yard, the city holds a multi track diamond, 2 Metra
Stations, and the relocated and restored Tower B-12 and a restored caboose. The Tower provides a comfortable
trainwatching spot on the East West line. View of the diamond is a little more problematic. The park in the NW
quadrant of the diamond, next to the police station is said to have high fences but still provides the best views.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours:  120 on weekdays, substantially less on weekends. The majority of trains are

Nearby RR stuff:  Tower B-12 and caboose, N 41.93680, W 87.86901;
Metra - CN diamond, N 41.93420, W 87.85878; MW Metra Station, N 41.93660, W 87.86642;

Breakfast:  Denny's, 2447 Mannheim Rd, Franklin Park, N 41.924063, W 87.88421

Fast Food:  McDonalds, 2627 Mannheim Rd, Franklin Park, N 41.92669, W 87.88433

Ice Cream:  Baskin Robbins, 10131 W Grand Ave, Franklin Park, N 41.92999, W 87.87833  

Pub and Grub:  Mike O'Donnell's Irish Pub, 9573 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park, N 41.93506, W 87.86524
Hala Kahiki Tiki Lounge, 2834 River Rd, River Grove, IL, N 41.93165, W 87.84797

Lodging:  Super 8, 3160 N River Rd, River Grove, N 41.93711, W 87.85114
    Todd Sestero's Franklin Park map
Tower B-12 website                       
Original views of the Tower at the crossing   
Franklin Park Railroad History   
Todd Sestero's Franklin Park page   
Franklin Park, IL Railfan Information Page   
Franklin Park 2018: Best of Franklin Park, IL Tourism - TripAdvisor   
Village of Franklin Park - Official Page   
.              Virtual Railfanning Franklin Park, IL    
Franklin Park Railroad Days