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The Original Franklin Park Metra Station is not to be confused by the Belmont Avenue-Franklin Park Station on the North Central Service, located a half mile away. The station is just east of the B12 interlocking where the SOO Line, now owned by Canadian National. This interlocking is used by the Metra North Central Service to curve north, away from the Milwaukee West Line. The former Tower B-12 has been preserved and moved small plaza across Calwagner Street, just west of the station. This same plaza also includes a read Milwaukee Road Caboose.

The current station is along a rail line which has four tracks and a platform configuration that allows all except the southernmost track to platform. The northern platform is a side platform used by trains From Chicago. The middle two tracks share a very narrow platform with no signage or other amenities and are used by trains To Chicago. The station platforms are nestled between the grade-crossings of 25th Avenue and Calwagner Street, which provide access to each end of the island platform, along with a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the platforms.

The north side platform contains the station's small brick station house. Inside is a ticket office opened from 5:25am to 1:05pm Monday through Friday, which makes it the easternmost, closest to Chicago station on the Milwaukee District West Line to have a staffed ticket office.
All Photos taken on 17 December, 2017 on a visit by automobile

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View from the Calwagner Street grade-crossing of the side and island platform
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The island platform is so narrow that tactile warning strips cover more of it than actual concrete
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Looking across to the station from Calwagner Street, notice that there's no platform for the southern track
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The historic (and relocated) Franklin Park tower
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Plaque for the Franklin Park B-12 Tower historic site, dedicated May 20, 2000
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Another view of the Tower's historic park
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Tower B-12 has been preserved
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Looking up at Tower B-12
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Sign on Tower B-12 for Franklin Park, Founded 1892
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Looking into Tower B-12 at the historic switching equipment
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A wooden Franklin Park sign in the tower
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The historic red Milwaukee Road caboose
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Across Calwagner Street from the station
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Tower B-12 viewed trackside
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Don't Start Dashing until the Lights Stop Flashing
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Christmas decorations across from the platform
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