HOMEWOOD | The village of Homewood celebrates its proud train history with the 10th annual Homewood Railroad Heritage Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at the Homewood Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road. This is a corrected time from a previous version.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact (708) 798-3000 or visitwww.homesweethomewood.com.
This year's Railroad Heritage Day features an all new interactive area for children of all ages to experience the thrill of train conducting. Three model Lionel train layouts will be set up for kids to drive the trains. Children also get the opportunity to ride on Little Obie, a scale model of a Canadian National (CN) locomotive that comes with a flatcar and a caboose. Little Obie helps promote rail safety for children. CN is Homewood's resident railroad and will also have a variety of prototype equipment on display along Harwood Avenue adjacent to the municipal complex.
In addition there are a wide variety of vendors at Homewood's Railroad Heritage Day featuring model train layouts, antiques, historic items and train accessories. There will also be items raffled off including a Walthers Trainline Railtech Digital Trainset.
Attendees can also visit Homewood's Rail Watching Platform located at Harwood and Kroner avenues to witness freight traffic and commuter rail lines. The platform includes a live audio feed to the switching yard and the platform is wheelchair accessible. Across the tracks (via underground walkway), visitors can view the newly restored interior of Illinois Central caboose 9426, which is located on Park Avenue just north of the train station. The underground pedestrian tunnel, adorned with murals depicting local railroad history, connects the two attractions.
Visitors can also walk through the architecturally significant Homewood Train Station built in 1926, which is modeled after the clubhouse of a nearby country club, Ravisloe, founded in 1901.The Homewood Railroad Park offers visitors the unique view of three distinct train types: freight, regional commuter rail (Metra), and intercity rail (Amtrak).
The 10th annual Homewood Railroad Heritage Day is steps from the Metra Electric line. Parking is free and ample.