Seeing that the sun was out and making a very nice scene, I notice that a northbound train was passing through Tuscola, which would put it here in around 15-20 minutes.
By the time the train ap... (more)
After the auto rack train clears the block, the UP manifest train accelerates southward.
UP MYCAS halts just north of Villa Grove with UP 9445, a C41-8W, on the point. The train will await another in front to crew change before it will proceed on into town.
Note the "We Will D... (more)
UP 4122 highballs Villa Grove on the southbound ZYCSA as a Christmas Eve snowstorm lets loose over the Central Illinois area.
Unlike McDonald's, UP offered a good looking MAC today on MYCAS. Here we see UP 3642, an EMD SD9043MAC, as it gets ready to make a large setout at Villa Grove.
UP ZYCLD heads out of Villa Grove with two UP yellow units and a patched SP AC44CW.
UP MYCAS leaves Villa Grove with a new crew with two KCS SD70ACes for power, having gone into emergency in town due to a separated air hose.
UP 1440 and a HLCX unit lead the LSB50 local south into the setting sun and over the last crossing of the day.
The UP LSB50 local pulls into it's home base, Villa Grove, with a 2 car train. Trees are starting to transition into their fall colors, making shots a bit more interesting.... (more)
"Next Stop... The TP&W"
UP's LSB50 with UP 1945 and 1494 pulls north out of Villa Grove with a big train consisting of transformers, hoppers, and tank cars.
Just as the sun pops out, UP 1996, the Southern Pacific heritage, unit rolls into Villa Grove with the MPRAS past an old, unused Chicago and Eastern Illinois/Missouri... (more)
After hitting a truck along the Villa Grove sub near Goodwine, IL a month or so ago, UP 7464 sits in Villa Grove yard for another evening. There is also a boxcar on a flatcar behind it..
UP 8169 brings up the rear of northbound coal train CWEKS-15 (West Elk Mine, CO - Blue Island, IL)
NS 8808 takes the ADESPJ into Villa Grove for a crew change.
The signal at 142.2 stands tall as another sun sets.