Capitol Idea: Taking advantage of #302's station stop downtown, I was able to get ahead of the train for this nice, unobscured view of the train passing the Illinois State Capitol.
Amtrak's #22 and #301 were both running late on the morning of July 4th, so the UP dispatcher took advantage of the situation to get this empty northbound grain train up to the Illinois & Midland ... (more)
Norfolk Southern helped me celebrate the 4th of July this year by sending an early morning eastbound rack train thru Springfield with a nice, new ES44AC on the point.
Back in May Union Pacific and NS agreed to divert a pair of stack trains running between Global 4 and Kansas City from the Transcon to a new routing via Springfield, IL and the former Alton and Wa... (more)
Built by EMD in June 1946, Commonwealth Edison SW1 14 sits at the Chicago & Illinois Midland facility in Springfield, IL, 37 years later, on June 25th, 1983. This engine would eventually be sold ... (more)
Now part of the complex of buildings that form the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the old Springfield Union Station was designed in 1896, and served several railroads over its li... (more)
One of C&NW's typically faded yellow bay-window cabs trails a northbound freight headed from St Louis to the mainline at Nelson. The ROW was elevated for quite a distance where the line passed we... (more)
Chicago and Illinois Midland EMD SD18s sit in repose for the night in September 1984, at Springfield, Illinois. This two locomotives, delivered new when built in 1961 and 1962, were the only two S... (more)
Thanks to a fortuitous radio conversation between a BNSF train at Jacksonville and the NS Springfield/Hannibal District dispatcher, I was able to get the jump on this early running #398 and catch ... (more)
The northbound Texas Eagle passes Illinois' State Capitol building as it crosses the very appropriately named Capitol Avenue.
UP's South Local waits for NS #398 on the Illinois & Midland mainline north of Shops while making a run to the "Midland".
Street Running: UP's South Local does a little street running on Springfield's south side, where the tracks literally split 3rd street in two. If Springfield's city fathers have their way,... (more)
I&M 31 North pulls out of the "A" Yard at Shops with a short train headed to Powerton. The 31's orange paint stands in vivid contrast to the gray sky and white snow.
The 31 enjoys a last few minutes of slumber before its next call to duty for the 08:00 Shops Roadswitcher.
Study in EMD Styling: The 31 and 60 sit side-by-side at Shops Yard. Although the RS1325 is quite diminutive compared to the SD18, the cabs and noses of the two locomotives are virtually id... (more)