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Western Springs is a BNSF Railway Station in the center of the Village of Western Springs. The station consists of two side platforms for the 3 track line nestled between Hillgrove Avenue along the Outbound platform and Burlington Avenue along the Inbound platform. The platforms run from the Grand Avenue grade-crossing at their western ends to the grade-crossing of Lawn Avenue in the middle of the platforms to Wolf Road at their eastern ends. The two sections of the platforms are distinctively different. The western-half near Grand Avenue is the main section, the platforms are made of brick, and contain all amenities for waiting passengers. The eastern-halves are simple and were previously made of concrete, although a downtown revitalization has replaced these with bricks in a similar style and are just a platform extension so long trains can platform all of their cars.

Passenger amenities consist of a brick station house on the Inbound platform that barely seems to fit between the platform and Burlington Avenue (there are parking spaces on each side but not in front of it). Inside is a ticket office open for on weekday mornings shift and a waiting room open according to Metra's website from 4:30am to 6:50pm (at least on weekdays, it was closed on a Saturday when I visited). Nearly attached to the station house are long canopy structures with gabled roofs that cover most of the western-half of the Inbound platform in the same style of the station house. A mini-section of canopy covers a bike rack at the western end of the platform near Grand Avenue.

The Outbound platform has a smaller canopy with some windscreen benches across from the depot. The outbound platform also has an elevated square wooden structure that resembles a mini railroad tower (with two sets of windows on each side) but held up by just two wooden support beams (no staircase) and a shed on the platform without windows in a similar style.
All Photos taken on 17 February, 2018

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Stepping off an inbound train, running about 10 minutes late
Looking into the closed on a weekend waiting room
Cars parked up against the Inbound platform
Streetside of the depot
F40 #197 pushes a Union Station-bound train out of Western Springs
F40 #197 continues out of Western Springs
A Union Station-bound train fades into the distance
The smaller canopy/shelter on the outbound platform
The center of the Inbound platform is covered in canopy structures
The modern canopies on each side of the large station house
The outbound platform also has this elevated structure that resembles a tower but without a staircase
The covered bike rack at one end of the Inbound platform
The odd elevated tower-like structue on the Outbound platform
Across from the depot
In front of the smaller shelter on the outbound platform
The platform canopy and Main Street behind
The platform is very narrow in front of the depot
One side of the canopy on the outbound platform
Planting boxes on the Outbound platform
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