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Park Forest officials ready for Rail Fan Park grand opening

As Park Forest officials prepare for Saturday’s grand opening of their newest park, they are also prepared for an influx of railroad enthusiasts from around the country.

The Rail Fan Park, built by the Park Forest recreation and parks department in cooperation with Canadian National Railroad and the village of Matteson, features a great view of one of the country’s largest rail intersections, officials said.

The two-acre park — located within the village of Matteson — features a 35-foot-high platform overlooking a four-way interchange known as a Double Y intersection, in which trains can move easily in all directions, and one can cross over itself as it loops around…. Please click here to read Susan Demar Lafferty’s full story in the Southtown Star, or here to read a related story by Jerry Shnay.

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