Decatur, IL to Conway, PA manifest 34N works out of the Wabash River Valley and past the namesake railroad's searchlight signals at West Point, IN under dark, threatening summer skies.
After setting some cars and their rear engine off at Lafayette, NS 17K blasts past the quiet elevator at West Point, westbound for Decatur, IL.
An NS westbound Grain train splits the old NKP style signals with a pair of usual NS GE C40-9W's.
A friendly wave from our fireman completes the picture as RD77 roars past. We're in the hole at Shadeland on KD12, just west of Lafayette, IN. This is the old Wabash mainline to Kansas City.
NS M22, a second section of 122(?), heads east past West Point Siding, where 17K is waiting about 3/4 of a mile behind me.
I'm told that this is an unusually large example of a flowering crabapple tree.