Rochelle Railroad Park
Rochelle Railroad Park
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Open all day and night, this park has a raised platform so train-devotees can really see and feel the locomotion.
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thefamily3
Lafayette, IN395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Very cool place for railroad fanatics lol trains go by almost continuously. Nice covered platform to watch from and can hear what’s coming. They have a gift shop and restrooms. Good place to spend awhile and just unwind. Great spot for kids that love trains too they have a mini train they can play on.
Written August 23, 2021
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Eddie B
Kirkland, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It's an interesting and relaxing way to spend a day. Trains just take your mind off everything; they're so powerful, and such a testament to human engineering genius and hard work. They move the country's goods and millions of people daily, and our railroads should be appreciated much more than they are, and this is a way to both grow in that appreciation and spend a day freeing up your mind in the presence of a world apart from what most of us do each day. I just love trains!
Written February 12, 2020
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Trail10675
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
two double tracks crossing. more trains rumble through than you can shake a stick at! we just stopped by because i've lived near Rochelle & had never heard of it. what a shame.
the park is what it is. a place for observing trains. but a quick stop reveals so much more. there's a covered elevated platform with picnic tables a gift shop. restrooms a small engine for the very young to play on. a very nice place for a picnic.
but the best offering is the people there were upwards of fifthty people there watching trains, taking photos, and videos.
one word of caution, there are no fences between you & the four busy tracks. so watch your children & have a fun day!
Written May 30, 2004
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RailfanMotels
New York City, NY595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
I come here often, and the reason is simple, its one of the best places in the United States to watch modern day freight trains. Nearly 100 trains a day pass this part during a 24-hour period. The park is well planned out, free parking, a gazebo with picnic tables and benches, restrooms on site, giftshop, lighting for nighttime train watching, all centered between two busy railroad lines. There is a short drive needed for food & motels.
Written November 1, 2011
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TrainGirl71
Glen Ellyn1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I go to Rochelle Railroad Park at any given opportunity. We live about 45 mintues east of Rochelle and enjoy the drive out there as well. We visit anytime of the year as well as anytime of day. Fortunately, this park is open 24 hours. There is ALWAYS a train going through; whether UP or BNSF. We find the park to be very friendly and set up in a way that is comfortable for sitting in the pavillion or in your car. In the summer we like to do over-nighters and have a fire going in the fire pit. We have had people come and sit with us and get to hear their stories of where they come from and how long they are staying at the park. My husband and I love taking pictures and I have taken so many facsinating shots of these massive metal brutes flying through. Rochelle is a lovely small town and offers so much in the way of making a visitor feel very welcome. Right off the highway and yet you feel tucked away in the country. We have been visiting for many years now, it is like our "home away from home". Also need to mention that the park is VERY child friendly. We bring our daughter and baby boy and they love going there. There is a caboose you can climb up on and a small Whitcomb engine that allows the little ones (and the big boys too) to sit in and pretend they are an engineer, there also is a big Whitcomb engine sitting, but that one is not for climbing on. Any train enthusiast would love the constant train action and the camoraderie you find at the Rochelle Railroad Park. There is a grill, should you like to picnic - we have and what fun it truly is - and if it is raining or snowing you have the big pavillion (with picnic tables inside it) to keep you dry. There are bathrooms and a gift shop. You are also so close enough to the local McDonalds and other restaurants should you desire a meal. Overall, we rate this very clean, friendly, and train bustling park with the highest marks. Really, if you love trains, do not pass up an opportunity to visit this exciting place. The clickety-clack of the trains flying over that diamond is such a beautiful noise! I can guarantee that you will meet wonderful people and take colorful, up close pictures/videos of these powerful beasts. Many times the engineers are all too happy to wave and "toot" to you and, if going slow enough, smile for that picture you are taking.
Written December 31, 2008
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smoke-eater43
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you like trains this is the place. My son and I saw no less then 75 trains in one weekend. The people there were friendly and nice.
Written June 26, 2011
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OldT0m
Royal Oak, MI34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
The purpose of my trip was to view trains of two major railroads which intersect in Rochelle. It is said that 100 trains pass by during each 24 hour day. A large covered structure for viewing is provided in a park-like setting with many benches and a few comfortable chairs. Extremely clean surroundings, Lots of parking space and an outside toilet facility. Souvenir shop located on property. 100% satisfied.
Written August 17, 2012
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Kazoo_Bruce
Portage, MI42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Business
great train spotting. Known for the crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway mainlines. They cross at the Railroad Park near downtown. It is a rare twin at grade crossing. Nice little park.
Written November 20, 2011
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mench
Clayton, MO1,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
My sister is typeA and gets frustrated because every time we return to Rochelle, Il. (where we grew up) I insist on going to the train park. I love chatting with other visitors and waiting for a train or many trains to come rushing past us. This year a couple from Milwaukee and a man from Wyoming were there hoping to see the trains. You'd think they would be on a schedule and regular, but in good US transportation style, you can't be certain.
Anyway, they have a covered platform with picnic tables; take a lunch and enjoy!
Written May 15, 2013
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Mark A
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Solo
If you love trains, stopping here is a no-brainer! Rochelle is two hours away from me, yet it is always worth the drive (heck, I'm thinking of going right now ... and its 10:20pm lol)! I love how this park is open 24 hours a day! I've never heard of a park that doesn't close at a certain time during the day. And, you are free to take photos from anywhere near the rails (at your own risk of course).

I've only been here two times (I only just found out about it a year ago). From the little experience I have visiting the park, the busiest times on the weekends seem to be in the wee morning hours, before 9am. Thats when they seem to come about ever 5 minutes. After 9am, they seem to come every 10 minutes. I get the feeling that it slows down even more during the afternoon, but don't quote me on that.

I've heard that Saturdays are busier than Sundays. I've also heard that the rails are busiest in the mornings (between 6am and 9am) and later in the day (between 3pm and 6pm).

FYI, my attached photo won Photo of the Month in November, 2011 (my first-time visiting the park)!

Have fun and be safe!
Written December 14, 2012
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