About Waterman & Western Railroad


Welcome to the Waterman & Western railroad site

Our Motto


""Making  Memories That Last A Lifetime"".

Each year we are open Sundays from June to Labor Day.  We have several planned events and also offer the train for private parties and picnics. We are located in Waterman Illinois just off of Route 30 in  Waterman Lions Park. The 1/4 scale model F-3 Electro-motive is owned by Peter & Charleen Robinson and operated by them and a staff of many.  


The building of the locomotive numbered 101 started in 1985 and was completed in 1991.  Now we had a locomotive but no tracks of our own as yet.   The 101 has ran at the House of David in Michigan, and at the Riverside and Great Northern Railroad in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

  A deal was arranged with The Lions Club of Waterman Illinois to put the train in Lions Club Park   On March 30th, 1994 ground was broken for the Waterman and Western Railroad.  Track and ties were bought and work started.  On July 31, 1994 the Golden Spike was driven completing a half mile line around the park  Many events have taken place since the WWRR started operations. Picnics, parties, Car Show, are among many.

On July 28th, 2001 the biggest event happened.  Pete and Char were united in Marriage in the park.  There vows were give aboard a Wedding Car specially built for this occasion, by our crew.   A wedding party of 50 people and over 1500 guests, were in attendance.

Each year we hold an,  Easter Bunny TrainPumpkin Train, and The Holiday lights Train.

The Easter Bunny Train: Mr. Bunny is here to greet all the kids and hand out candy filled eggs.

The Pumpkin Train: features a Haunted House, Smoke Filled Tunnel, and The Great Pumpkin Patch, where each rider, get to select a pumpkin (while supplies last) to take home.

The Holiday Light Train: is our biggest event of the year.  The Park is decorated for the Holidays.  2004 saw over 250,000 lights in various displays.  Giant toy soldiers, candy canes,  cascading snow flakes,  flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just a few of our displays


The Holiday Lights Train was vandalized on December 12th 2014. over $20,000 damage was done to our displays. Pete found the damage at 12:15 pm Saturday 12-13-14. For a brief second he wonder why should we contune. Well then the reality that over one thousand people were planing on coming that night alone. He then call many friends for help and the came out. for 5 hours Pete & his crew worked to repair the damage as best as they could. The train opend that night late but open it did. That night over 3200 people came out to ride. People set op online donations and others gave donations. We are now working on several new displays and enlarging some of the excisting ones.



left to right:  Pete and Char Robinson, John Parrott, Rick Fenhouse, Bob Bach, and Bob Ronning, riding our newest car "Rose" put into operation in 2008.

Contact Us

Waterman & Western Railroad


PO Box 217 

Waterman, IL 60556


E-mail: events@petestrain.com



Opens Saturday

Nov. 25th 2017

Santa Arrives Friday

12-1-17 @ 6:00PM


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