• Railfan the BNSF racetrack and South Shore

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  by LavonS
 
Hello, I am coming to the area for my son's high school graduation gift to rail fan the race track and south shore. I know that Chicago can be not a good area. We would go the racetrack Westmont and west to Aurora.
And for the south shore go no frothier west than Dunes Park.
Are these good areas to be at? And I know that you cannot use a hand held scanner in Indiana.

Thank you for your reply.
  by Arborwayfan
 
Dunes Park is a fine area to be in; you're in a state park inside a national park. And there's a bike trail next to the railroad, if I remember correctly. I hope you had a great time! (I see it was months ago.) If I'd seen this back in May I'd have suggested going all the way to Michigan City to see the street running while it's still there.
  by MetraBNSF
 
Anywhere along the BNSF Chicago to Aurora route is great for railfanning. Westmont is at the highest point along the line. Westbounds go around a curve at Clarendon Hills and up a grade as it approaches Westmont. Aurora is at the end of the line where there is a train storage yard by the station and also a brewery.