From the downtown Chicago area, take I-290 west to I-88, continue on 88 till you reach Farnsworth Avenue, or Lincoln Highway. Remember that I-88 is a toll
highway, and is AKA the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The Lincoln highway heading south looks to be the better choice.
You can cut over to Aurora Ave with either Indian Trail or Illinois Ave, and then continue south. Aurora Ave turns into Broadway St, which passes right by the
GPS Coordinates: 41.761806, -88.308743
Parking for the station is shown on the map below by the green dots.
There is a static display of a CB&Q Caboose at the station.
Right next to the station is Two Brothers Roundhouse Restaurant and Brew Pub, located in the old, former CB&Q Roundhouse.
Two Brothers Roundhouse (Brew Pub)
205 North Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60505
GPS: 41.76047 -88.30906 http://www.twobrothersroundhouse.com/
A 17 track yard, in addition to the two thru tracks leading into the station.
There are two huge signal type bridges span the yard. Looks like they probably support service drops for the engines.
the CB&Q Caboose
photo by Denver Todd
photo by Denver Todd
This elevated structure extends from Benton St on the south to New York St on the north end, a distance of 4 blocks or about 1900 feet if you include the giant overpass
that starts at Clark St, or 1440 feet if you don't.
With the advent of drones, a lot of places which before would have been an impossible shot, are now routine, and the bridges going thru Aurora offer an
unlimited number of cool opportunities for photo ops. Take advantage of Hurd Island for instance, and the interlocking that is taking place above you!
Abandoned Bridge over the Fox River
This one is just north of North Ave.
BNSF over S River St
BNSF over the Fox River -- Pt 2
BNSF over the Fox River -- Pt 1
The railroad crosses the river twice, separated by a small island, Hurd Island. This is the eastern crossing of the two. You can gain access to Hurd Island
via North Ave and get pictures from the Fox River Trail.
BNSF over North Ave
The bridge, or overpass, widens considerably. Looks like it was the southern end of a yard here at one time, maybe?
This overpass also has a set of signals off to one side.
Over S Broadway
I guess the overpass over Broadway is the unofficial start of the viaduct going thru town..... It is quite a structural affair looking at it from the
Over Downer Pl
These pictures on Google appear to have been taken from the sidewalk instead of their usual car.....
More views from the sidewalk.
Over New York St
Is this an overpass, or the last part of the viaduct???
Over Spring St
This is the last bridge going northbound thru Aurora before we hit the Metra station.
We also have NB and SB signals here.
From here, the railroad goes under the roads at High St, Wood St, Ohio St, and Farnsworth Ave...... etc. We have signals at Farnsworth.
We will start covering the signals at the interlocking just south of the Fox River, where the tracks go over River St.
NB Interlocking Signals
NB Interlocking Signals
A cantilever bridge with a signal for each track on the right, and a mast mounted signal on one of the tracks coming in from the left - which may have replaced a
bridge mounted signal a few hundred feet away at location 1.
SB Interlocking Signals
Mast mounted signals for two crossovers, a split, and going from 2 to 5 tracks between all of it.
NB Mast Mounted Signal
A single set of mast mounted NB signals where we go from 2 to 3 tracks. The third track remains with us and becomes part of the BNSF Racetrack.
NB/SB Signal Bridge
Located at Spring St, one set for NB's, two for SB's.
EB/WB Signals at Farnsworth Ave
Three set of signals on a signal bridge for EB Racetrack freights, and 2 sets of mast mounted signals for the Metra trains leaving the Aurora station and yard.
WB Signals at McClure Rd
Well, gee whiz, Google's Streetview pictures are of the old set of signals that used to be east of the grade crossing -- there were only three sets of signals on a
bridge spanning the tracks, and a single searchlight mast mounted for the northernmost track. The new set of colorlight signals are closer to McClure, but still
on the east side, 4 of em, on a cantilever bridge.... Need pictures. Also looks like a good place to park and take pictures of action on the Racetrack!
Metra Signals at Wood St
Crossover signals on both sides of Wood St, mast mounted.
Metra Throat Signals
Signal bridge spanning three tracks, for outbound traffic. Need better pictures.
Metra Station Signals
Mast mounted signals for the two station tracks, for outbound traffic. Need better pictures.
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