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Todd's Railfan Guide to
Matteson is about 20 miles southwest of the Loop in downtown Chicago.
From downtown Chicago, head south on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) to 95th
Street where you will access I-57. Continue south until you reach US Rte. 30, a
distance of about 15 miles. Head east about two miles to Main Street, and turn
right. Head south about a mile to downtown Matteson. Parking is available on the
street and a parking lot on 216th Street--or you can use the Metra parking lot
at Matteson station (although there is a parking fee).
From the west or east, take I-80 to I-57 and head south Rte. 30. Then follow
the above directions.
You can, of course, also take Metra from downtown to the Matteson station (on the Metra Electric line). Metra trains run frequently from Millennium station in downtown Chicago (Randolph St and Michigan Ave). You can also board a half mile south at Van Buren Street. Be sure to take a University Park train.
1 Railfan Park & Viewing Platform
The Railfan Viewing Platform
has a wonderful advantage point. It sits elevated from the track that
runs in front of it, and from the whole area in general. And if you
are wondering what the line on my map is that leads to it, it is a
handicapped accessible ramp. The park was built by the CN.
3 Former EJ&E Depot
Looking at the aerial view under signal location 4, it seems as tho they took this building down, which, appears to have been a small depot owing to its bay window. Also, the overpass where the Metra line goes over has room for another one or two tracks.
This location seems to have been either moved or deleted as part of a signal upgrade.
211th St - from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/211th_Street_(Lincoln_Highway)_(Metra_station)
ICG - Matteson IL by D.W. Davidson on Flickr, found on Google Images
Fire and Police
Some HistoryIn 1848, Fredrick Illgen purchased 40 acres from the government. These 40 acres are now the southern section of Matteson. The village was named after the 10th Governor of Illinois Joel A. Matteson, who was in office at the time of the settlement.
Historical USGS Maps
This relatively new USGS map is the only thing I have
found so far, and it is from the early 1950's. Not much detail tho......
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Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names. Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations. I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area. Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature. While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.
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