Two Union Pacific locomotives lead a coal train under the old coaling tower on Chicago & North Western's busy main line through DeKalb, Illinois.
The C&NW heritage unit leads a westbound manifest.
As acoal train heads for Chicago on the Geneva Sub the Y704 local heads south towards Earlville on the line that once ran from Sycamore to Peru connecting the CGW and CRI&P way back when.
C&NW coal chute at Dekalb Illinois just before sunrise.
A rock train sits in the DeKalb siding awaiting Monday morning's call to duty.
Empty coal leans into the curve in DeKalb.
A hot UP stacker races east as a North Platte bound manifest crawls west meeting under the DeKalb coaling tower.
The engineer brings his train to a crawl and will soon stop short of all the crossings in DeKalb due to another traffic jam ahead.
The sun sets on the infamous coaling towers of DeKalb.
Pushing toward Chicago in the afternoon sun.
UP 5344 and two SD70Ms blast through DeKalb at speed, with hot intermodal freight, while a loaded coal train's DPU pushes in the distance.
Former C&NW units in a light move from Proviso to Global III roar at track speed past a slowly-moving eastbound coal train. Also notice the tiny airplane just above the tower.
UP 4812 brings a westbound stacker through the coaling tower and past a ballast train in the siding.
CNW Heritage leads MPRCB into Dekalb in the wake of a heavy storm.