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"I Hear That Train Comin'" Virtual Cache

Hidden : 09/16/2017
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:




Welcome to the Rochelle Railroad Park!

PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH THE TRACKS. THE REQUIRED STEPS CAN EASILY BE PERFORMED BY STAYING ALONG THE PAVED PATH LEADING TO THE PAVILION."

The Union Pacific and BNSF runs 80 to 90 trains a day through Rochelle. The two mainlines cross at a location on the southwest side of Rochelle. The UP's (formerly the Chicago & North Western Railway) mainline travels through the crossing from the southwest to northeast, and the BNSF's (formerly the Burlington Northern Railroad) mainline travels the northwest to southeast corners.

This has made Rochelle a "hot spot" for train watching, drawing visitors world wide. The City of Rochelle acquired the land in 1995 and constructed the park just for train watching, which was dedicated August 30, 1998. The city was able to erect an elevated viewing platform with a gazebo-style roof, picnic tables, a re-creation of a hobo jungle, a display of strap rail track, a small preserved Whitcomb switching locomotive (manufactured by the Whitcomb Locomotive Works of Rochelle), and a paved parking lot.

Please enjoy your visit, however don't expect to hear trains signal due to this area of Rochelle being a quiet zone since 2016.

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To log this virtual cache as a find:
1. Locate the drawing of a cat inside the pavilion. Message or email the words underneath.
2. If you are lucky enough to see a train going by while there, please post a picture of a train engine.
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If you are unlucky and arrive during a slow period on the tracks, feel free to post a pic of one of the engines on display in the park instead.
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Virtual Reward - 2017/2018

This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

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