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A conductor shows Canadian National Railway engine tracks along Harwood Avenue during Homewood Rail Heritage Days May 2010. | File

A conductor shows a Canadian National Railway engine on the tracks along Harwood Avenue during Homewood Rail Heritage Days in May 2010. | File Photo

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Updated: June 29, 2012 9:16AM



Model railroads, a miniature train for children to ride, a slide show about trains and of course watching real trains chugging down the tracks will be the featured attractions for the ninth annual Homewood Rail Heritage Days this weekend.

Organized by the Homewood Rail Committee, the fest is spread out to several sites in the downtown area that is within walking distance of the Metra Electric commuter station at Harwood Avenue and Ridge Road.

The activities for rail fans of all ages start at 7 p.m. Saturday when slide shows featuring various rail-oriented subjects will run to 10 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church gymnasium located at 17951 Dixie Highway. Admission is $2.

Admission to Sunday’s activities is free.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium and the Homewood Municipal Center, at Chestnut Road and Dixie Highway, will house a Swap Meet for rail enthusiasts and model train displays.

Canadian National Railway, cosponsors of the fest, will display equipment and exhibits of operating model train layouts (O, OH, N scale).

Among activities for children are free rides on Little Obie, a scale model of a CN locomotive, complete with a flatcar and caboose. Little Obie is part of CN’s efforts to educate children about the dangers of playing near railroad tracks.

Visitors also can head over to Homewood Railroad Park on Park Avenue to check out a vintage Illinois Central caboose or snap photos of train traffic from a train-viewing platform on Harwood Avenue, south of Ridge Road.



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