Under a stormy spring sky, a Illinois Central local heads down the St. Louis line out of Gilman south of Melvin, Illinois, on May 5, 1990.
With temps barely at 10 degrees, the annual CN-IC Santa Special races towards Gibson City and will work its way back to Melvin later in the day.
After departing from Gibson City behind schedule due to a technical difficulty, IC 101 pulls into the small town of Melvin for a quick stop.
CN SD40-2 6132 brings up the rear end of the Santa Train as it nears Melvin.The mesh fencing was in place
as a safety measure for all those touring the locomotive
while on display at each stop.... (more)
The CN/IC Santa train is parked at its 2nd stop of the day, Melvin.This is the rear-end of the train, with IC#101 on the northend.
IC 101 cruises past a vintage grain elevator in rural Illinois in route to Gibson City.
A pair of GTW geeps still with their white frame stripes leads the local through the open fields of central IL.