UP 1158, with its Cotton Belt logo showing proudly on the nose, sits paired with UP 1133 on the engine lead at Villa Grove.
A 5-pack of locomotives are silhouetted against once another Illinois sunset. Train MASCH is seen near Villa Grove, where it'll take the siding and perform yard work.
Due to flooding in Nebraska and western states, quite a few intermodals were detoured up the UP Pana and Villa Grove Subdivisions today. Here at Villa Grove, UP 8541 heads another 3 GEs and an EMD... (more)
Due to getting a knuckle right in the middle of the OS, train MVGDUX sits just south of Villa Grove with a 3-pack of EMDs on the head end. This train was put together here in the Villa Grove Yard ... (more)
UP LSB54 sits backed up behind a southbound grain train and a oil train that went into emergency in Villa Grove. Leading the Local 54 is a pair of EMD GP60s, UP 1133 and 1147.
UP 1989, the Rio Grande heritage, halts at Villa Grove for a southbound. It will then continue to Sidney, where it’ll hop onto the NS for points east.
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)
After the auto rack train clears the block, the UP manifest train accelerates southward.
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)
UP 4122 highballs Villa Grove on the southbound ZYCSA as a Christmas Eve snowstorm lets loose over the Central Illinois area.
Unlike McDonald's, UP offered a good looking MAC today on MYCAS. Here we see UP 3642, an EMD SD9043MAC, as it gets ready to make a large setout at Villa Grove.
UP ZYCLD heads out of Villa Grove with two UP yellow units and a patched SP AC44CW.
UP MYCAS leaves Villa Grove with a new crew with two KCS SD70ACes for power, having gone into emergency in town due to a separated air hose.
UP 1440 and a HLCX unit lead the LSB50 local south into the setting sun and over the last crossing of the day.
The UP LSB50 local pulls into it's home base, Villa Grove, with a 2 car train. Trees are starting to transition into their fall colors, making shots a bit more interesting.... (more)