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Caboose alongside the Rail Fan Park platform.
As one of the busiest railroad intersections in the county, Park Forest Rail Fan Park is a must see for all railroad enthusiasts. An estimated 32 or more trains pass through daily along the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern (EJ&E) rail line going east/west and the Metra rail line going north/south. Though acquired by the Canadian National Corporation in 2009, the EJ&E Railway continues to be called “The J” by locals and communities who have benefited from its freight services over the past century. 
The EJ&E Railway began operations in 1889 on rail acquired from the purchase of the Joliet, Aurora & Northern Railroad. The railroad’s service stretched from Waukegan, Illinois, to Gary, Indiana, with notable stops along the outer belt of Chicago. As a freight line, the EJ&E found success in carrying industrial materials such as coal, iron and steel.  This success allowed the company to provide job opportunities for locals and immigrants alike, encouraging people to move to towns near the train route. With over a century of continuous operation, EJ&E remains important to the economic well-being of northeast Illinois. 
The Park Forest Rail Fan Park gives visitors a view of all the train activity from a 35-foot-high deck accessible by ramp. In addition, visitors can check out a railway caboose to get a closeup of train history.  More information on visiting hours and accommodations is available on the park’s website.
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