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".
Peoria and Western F-units await their crew.
Keokuk Jct. Railway freight makes its way along US 24 south of Bartonville late on a sometimes sunny afternoon.
C&IM 81 makes a run down the UP's Peoria Sub. The 81 is the last unit still in the Chicago & Illinois Midland paint scheme on the Illinois Midland Railroad roster.
TP&W 3821 pulls a string of tank cars from Peoria to Mapleton, IL.