A combined CP 185/199 detour train throttles out of Davis Jct as the sun pops out after a severe thunderstorm.
Little NIRC 1 begins its evening task of bringing Metra Electirc Highliners over to their Blue Island facilities for maintenance and wheel turning. Here, the vintage SW1 is pulling four highliners... (more)
Try 6 of the season brings me to Burr Oaks yet again... as IAIS 702 awaits the clearance of a Metra track gang. Again, the train would not quite make it out before sunset, or at least not early en... (more)
Spring cleaning at NRE brings an end to a lot of old geeps and switchers, examples include MKT GP7's 100 and 101, and Inland Steel 91.
The daily Blue Island to Council Bluffs manifest is under way at Robbins, passing under vintage Rock Island searchlights reflecting back to the logo so proudly displayed on the nose.
An IHB transfer heads west passing the old Hohman Ave. tower with a mix of pool power from CN and NS.
Waiting for Metra clearance as always, the daily Council Bluffs manifest is ready to roar with a matched set of 4 GP38-2's. In my 5 attempts to catch this train in daylight this summer... I have s... (more)
A BNSF stack train accelerates out of Aurora with a filthy former ATSF SD40-2 leading the way into the setting sun.
A late Long West pulls under the old North Shore for head room before backing around the wye and dropping cars for the CP at Rondout. Its nice to see a daylight J train up north here, all be it wi... (more)
This morning's detour move is an IC&E extra, MMCCCX, running with four matching blue and yellows, this is the picture perfect image and probably one of my all time favorite roll-bys. Run 8, no dit... (more)
A candy apple SD60 leads a unit ADM train east down the old Milwaukee main.
A sign of things to come??? Detour train 738 comes to a stop just short of CP 288 at the crew change point in Bensenville... the CP train will wait for 738 to get an IC&E MHUCC crew and depart bef... (more)
In a historic scene, DM&E 6200 east thunders through Rondout in run 8, slamming the EJ&E diamond, passing the vintage tower, and grabbing the paper work hung low by the on looking tower operator.
After pausing at the stop signal in Wadsworth, this rare detour move is back underway... cruising past the Milw. town sign enroute to Rondout.
Engineer Denny takes a couple notches as the eastbound NACC cruises thru rural Illinois.