Recent additions and changes to this site.
Maps showing all present and past railroads in the Chicago area. Added to the maps are present and past railroad junctions and towers, along with present and past railroad roundhouses and turntables. Those had previously been included on separate maps. (added February 22, 2019)
Zoomable Google Maps completed, showing known lost stations throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana and Michigan and Wisconsin. (added January 19, 2019)
It had been 40 years since I had crossed the Atlantic Ocean. This trip lasted a week and a half. In London, with a quick round trip by train to Scotland. Then the Eurostar train to Brussels, and the Thalys train to the Netherlands for the final few days. (added September 28, 2018)
After a recent trip to Europe, this section is highlighted here, covering the great passenger stations in London and the comprehensive railway system in southeast England. Along with the impressive railway network in the Netherlands. And how these rail systems continue to handle frequent intercity and commuter trains. Includes new photos of the stations. (added September 16, 2018)
More detailed information on the histories of service at discontinued commuter, suburban and neighborhood stations in Chicago and various suburbs. (added March 31, 2018)
Historical information on interlocking towers and interlockings, in the four states surrounding Chicago, is now easier to find through this new links page. (added December 1, 2017)
This "railfan timetable" section now covers nearly all of the railroads in the four states surrounding Chicago. (added November 15, 2017)