BNSF SD70MACe 9734 leads a sand train detour west near the small town of Forreston. These detours have made the normally sleepy D&I rather interesting as of late.
A pair of Southern Belles, a new SD70ACe and repainted SD70MAC, head west through the former Illinois Central "Gruber Line" bridge abutments north of Forreston.
This is where the old IC Gruber Line flew over the Milwaukee Road at Forreston. Today, just the embankment of the old ROW is left.
All of the Chicago Sub east of Davis Junction is now welded rail. However, stick rail is still very prominent in the line west of Davis Junction. Unfortunately this old rail dating back to the Mil... (more)
Four SD40-2's, an SD60M and an SD60 bounce down the jointed rail in Forreston, with 122 cars reported from the nearby defect detector.
The CB&Q 9911A pulls its train toward Rock Island.
CP's westbound Holiday Train salutes ghosts of the former IC Gruber Line just north of Forreston.
Its the last day of IC&E operations as the daily Nahant - Chicago manifest passes the ESS Adeline. A few minutes later the train set the detector off giving the local 920 job more time to work at ... (more)
Its the last day of IC&E operations as the daily Nahant - Chicago manifest crosses White Eagle Road. In a couple miles, the train will have to stop to line the WSS Adeline which was left open by M... (more)
The foliage has just about bridged the gap where the IC Gruber line used to cross over the doubletrack Milwaukee. Today, the IC&E splits the old bridge abutments headed west on a single main whic... (more)
A Daily Westbound ICE train makes it's way past some old Track supports.
The ICEy train shoots under what once was the IC's Gruber Line just west of Forreston, IL.
This ex-CNW SD40-2 kicks it up a couple notches to reach track speed as it hustles through Forreston.
The westbound Employee Appreciation Special passes by what used to be the Illinois Central Gruber Line overpass on the north side of Forreston.
An Eastbound grain extra slices through the morning fog