Welcome to the NWI Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society web site.

The North Western Illinois Chapter covers all of northern Illinois.
Approximate lines of coverage are west of Indiana (Chicago included), north of Peoria, south of Janesville, Wisconsin and west to the Mississippi River

Lance Wales Photo
Photograher of the year 2021 contest. Nelson searchlight signals with Comet NEOWISE hovering overhead.
(Updated 04.28.21)

<(Click on photo to enlarge.)

(See Meetings for more information)

Feel free to share the internet address (URL) www.nwinrhs.org with your family and friends so they can see what is occurring at North Western Illinois Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

The NWI is a proud sponsor of Operation Lifesaver.
Please click on the logo to visit their website for more information.

Chapter address

North Western Illinois Chapter - NRHS
P.O. Box 5632
Rockford, IL 61125-0632


more information

  • Nov 2021 NWI Chapter President's Report
    (updated 11.18.21)

  • Area Railroads &
    Radio Frequencies

  • Links & Hotspots, Local

  • Railfan Viewing Locations Across the U.S.

  • Subscribe to IlliniRail.
    The unofficial NWI
    Yahoo Group.

    • Most pictures will enlarge when you click your mouse on them.

    • Click on logos near top of page for information about each railroad.

    • Clicking on underlined words will connect to another web page.

    We hope this web site is useful to the visitors. Please feel free to send your comments and suggestions to the webmaster by email. rdhervey@gmail.com