After being in a slight derailment with 4 other hoppers down at Cadwell on the elevator spur (bad track), the UP 1066 is good to go for use again. The local brought it back to Villa Grove yesterda... (more)
Villa Grove is a town in Central Illinois known for flooding. As much as it becomes a pain sometimes, there is really nothing our town can control about it. That’s how it has been since the town w... (more)
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.
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)
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.
A haze sets across the Illinois horizon as northbound MASCH sets its dynamics and prepares for a crew change in Villa Grove. Leading the way is SD60M 2337, an SD70M, and GP40-2 1427.