A westbound Keokuk Junction Railway freight switches a yard at Bartonville, Illinois at milepost 115 on April 7, 2016. Two EMD FP9s (Nos. 1750 and 1752) and GP20 No. 2003 power the train of “hot c... (more)
Keokuk Junction Railway's FP9A 1752 works Collier yard as it rolls past Keystone Steel & Wire. Steve Smedley photo
Twin TP&W GP40-2W locomotives pull a grain train through Collier Yard. The bridge in the background takes the UP Peoria Sub (former CN&W) overhead.
Out of the shadows and into the sun. This Tazewell & Peoria potash train has just entered Union Pacific rails and is about 2 miles from its destination, the Mosiac facility on the Illinois River.
A UP grain train pokes through the tree tunnel on the Peoria Sub just south of Bartonville, Illinois.
On a line where the vast majority of trains are lead by GE AC4400's, it was nice to get a "9043MAC".
Santa Fe GP30 3230 leads a westbound TP&W freight departing the Peoria, Illinois, area. The interesting mixed power lashup includes a ATSF GP30/F7B/F7B/GP30, TP&W C424/GP40, ATSF GP30, and TP&W's... (more)
This may look like the front of the train, but this switcher is actually serving as the caboose for a backward movement. 2 CP ES44AC's are shoving from the front as they back this train down towa... (more)
A little foreground clutter? The Kolbe Job heads towards Collier Yards in Bartonville. I ended up with one of the Yukon's new tires throwing a belt. What a swell time it was changing a tire at Dar... (more)
Recently returned from service after derailment repairs, Peoria & Western Railway's 1752 pilots the TZPR transfer as the train rolls over Kickapoo Creek.
STEVE SMEDLEY PHOTO
Five days ago the rails were under about a foot of water at this location. The Illinois River rose a little over 10 feet above flood stage.
This empty potash train slowly moves through the floodwaters of the Illinois River. While the river is a quarter of a mile away from here, it has backed-up through all the surrounding swampland. ... (more)
A TZPR potash train heads onto the UP Peoria Sub mainline under a canopy of trees. The TZPR access the UP to deliver the potash to an Illinois River dock.
I'd say F-units hauling freight "rocks".