The Pere Marquette 1225 really steams and smokes in its frozen habitat as it arrives with this years Christmas train in Chesaning aka. the North Pole.
A old YN2 baby tunnel motor sits dead in the center of Barr yard.
A lone J SD38-2 rounds up a couple dozen empty coke cars along the steel mills of East Chicago and high balls back to Kirk in the late afternoon light.
The trio of steamers high ball out of Colona and cross the scenic Rock River.
BNSF 6101 and company get re-fueled and serviced while MRL F45 390 idles away in the background. In the railfan world, this isn't something thats supposed to happen, let alone on a Class 1.
Another loco I never thought I'd ever see, Delaware & Hudson 7303. This unit came in on CP 284 from Milwaukee, and departed two days later leading an unknown manifest east through Indiana.
After picking up rare bird IHB 2272 in Michigan Ave. Yard, IHB's Whiting Job strolls across the CSXT at Cal Tower.
CN 6789 pauses for photos.
The WSOR special cruises past the former Janesville Amtrak "depot."
CP 2816 heads west toward Franklin Park on its last day of excursions.
CSXT C36-7 7123 leads this crazy lash-up through Joliet Union Station. To see a older GE like this on the point of a road frieght of a "Class 1 RR" is a little rare these days.
The Central Illinois Ry begins their day as they depart their home base and prepare to pick up a load of bricks from Colonial.
Milwaukee Road 265 sits in a stored and in-operational state at IRM. Still looks good for her age doesn't she.
Intense storm clouds gather in the background as a high priority Z train flies past the day's local power on the siding.
The first class train, including Dome's and a Cafe, back into the station for loading.