Engineer Monroe peers down of his unit for the return trip, UP 1136. In a very dense fog, the LSB54 had just returned to Villa Grove with 55 cars after a long day of work at Shelbyville and multip... (more)
After a run from Decatur to Chrisman (with work at Tuscola), the DREI tied down at Grapevine Road on the Danville Subdivision, allowing for some pictures. The crew will then go from here back to D... (more)
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)
With engineer Rivera at the helm, the eastbound Decatur to Paris freight train rolls by the old Murdock Mine with a heavy train in tow, topping out at 9400 tons with 6000 horsepower doing the tric... (more)
Shooting this railroad never gets old!
After some work at the industrial complex west of Tuscola and holding for a northbound CN M335 (with an IC leader!), the Decatur 101 exits Tuscola with a ... (more)
Behind a pair of FURX GP38-2s, the Decatur 101 train polishes off the last of the Danville Secondary before making the turn onto the Decatur Subdivision at Chrisman.
The westbound train to Decatur, identifying themselves as the Decatur 101, finishes their final work at Ficklin and prepares to blast off to the west, with only miles to go before they reach Decat... (more)
The westbound Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad train to Decatur, identifying themselves as the Decatur 101, crosses onto the UP and over the CN before switching back onto their mainline at Tusc... (more)
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)
With CREX 1518 doing the honors, CN L551 emerges into Mattoon, where it'll pull down to the south end of the yard and eventually begin switching.
Due to Decatur Yard being a mess, CN L551 isn'... (more)
UP 4122 highballs Villa Grove on the southbound ZYCSA as a Christmas Eve snowstorm lets loose over the Central Illinois area.
ADMX 822, an EMD SW8 built for the Rock Island, pulls a cut of cars off the CN interchange and into the ADM elevator at Tuscola.
A three pack of Dash 8s, the leader being a standard cab, exit the scale track and enter the Missabe Subdivision at Adolph.
BLE 904 heads the southbound 1600 Proctor Road Switch south out of town and down the hill towards Duluth for a fresh load of limestone.
CN SD40u 6024 leads U716, an empty ore train headed for United Taconite in Forbes, MN, off of the scale tracks in Proctor in perfect light as it departs north.