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Todd and Denver Todd's Railfan Guide to
Elmhurst, Illinois (population 44,000) is an affluent, northwest suburb of Chicago. Elmhurst is situated on the west end of Proviso Yard on the UP. Proviso is a major classification yard for westbound manifest freight traffic on the UP. The Metra train station in the center of Elmhurst sits next to the triple track main that serves both UP and Metra trains. There are almost 50 UP trains a day, and frequent Metra trains. The heaviest freight action usually occurs just around and after the evening rush. The station offers a park like setting with benches and platforms on both sides of the track. There is downtown street parking, but DO NOT Use the Metra parking unless you purchase a permit. You will be towed.
GPS: N 41.8998, W
Scanner Frequencies: UP: 161.040, 161.400, & 161.181
Nearby, within walking distance, are many fine restaurants and snack shops. There is an ice cream shop, Scoops and More, on East Park Ave across the street from the Metra South platform. Cold Stone Creamery is located 1 block North on York St.
Websites of interest for Elmhurst:
Alís Hobby Shop http://store.alshobbyshop.com/
Elmhurst Model RR Club http://emrrc.org/ (Take a look at the great layout)
Hobby shop in
Alís Hobby Shop (N 41.9008, W 87.9415)
121 N Addison Rd.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
From the downtown Chicago area, take I-290 west, continuing on 290 when it turns north. This puts you on the east border of Elmhurst. You can jump off at either exit 14 - East St Charles Road, or go up one more to exit 13, East North Ave. Going west on either street will take you to York St, which will then take you to the Metra station.
1 Metra Elmhurst Station
GPS Coordinates: 41.899574,-87.941088
The Metra station here is situated on UP's nice three track mainline.
2 UP's Proviso Yard
This is a former CNW yard.
USGS Map from 1899
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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.
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Last Modified 24-May-2014