It's a rare sight as Amtrak #3, the outbound Southwest Chief, blasts out of Joliet on the old Santa Fe Southern Transcon. A derailment on its usual routing in Kewanee forced a detour of the train ... (more)
A top view of "Rail Burn" with the added reflection from a sunny blue sky
The greatest effort required from a locomotive is when starting from a stop. If too much power is applied the turning force to the wheel will greatly exceed the opposing friction of the surface of... (more)
With a few minutes before sunset EJ&E 671 is about to duck into the siding to do it's local job
A ballast train awaits for the next crew to hop on board to unload the ballast.
An exploded tank car or did it just fall apart like in a cartoon? Actually this site is owned by US Railcar Inc. they slice & dice old rail cars, apparently the work day came to an end and this i... (more)
An ABBBBA hookup of E units on a eastbound freight.
Three GEVO's are hustling out of Joliet, westbound at upwards to 70 MPH.
Complete with a point from the engineer, CN 2660 leads Q116 over Bridge 198, as it approaches the East Joliet Yard.
Michigan City loads and M342 both wait to depart the yard, on the "run through" tracks. The coal train would depart first, with 342 right on its heels.
Michigan City coal loads climb Joliet Hill with a pair of SD9043MAC's, a rather uncommon sight around the area. Needless to say, they sounded great on their hands and knees.
M342 rolls south under I-55 in Joliet, bound for the East Joliet Yard where it will perform some switching. From there, it'll head for the Mainline of Mid America (former IC).
Amtrak 34 pushes #300 out of the Joliet Station, passing UD Tower on its way to Chicago.