Seen near Tuscola, UP 1066, still in its Southern Pacific colors, leads the LSB54 local north towards Villa Grove. The storms had been off and on today as a front moved through the area. They sure... (more)
The snow is blowing over the rails and creating quite a scene on this cold, blustery day in central Illinois. A northbound empty wheat train enters the siding at Tuscola behind a UP AC4400CW-CTE. ... (more)
It may be mid-teen temperatures and 20+mph winds, but that isn't stopping me from braving the cold for some pictures! With a hefty (for the local) train in tow for Cadwell, Shelbyville, etc, the U... (more)
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 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 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.
The clouds had broken from a full overcast within 30 minutes and fter crossing my fingers to get a train in this awesome sunset, lights appear on the horizon. I was hoping to get this train before... (more)
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)
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.
UP AGBML doesn't waste anytime departing Villa Grove with a fresh crew aboard and a three pack of CSX units, the third being an SD40-3. This train is bound for Mira Loma, CA, an area within Jurupa... (more)
Engineer D.S. on the CN 2417 eases UP train MCHPB slowly back into Villa Grove yard to make a setout/pickup.
A KCS De Mexico AC4400 and KCS SD70ACe lead the UP MYCAS south past the signal at West Ridge, IL after doing yard work at Villa Grove.
In the golden hour light, UP 4561 leads another UP SD70M southbound with a manifest on the UP Pana Subdivision just outside of Livingston, IL.