NS 61K rolls through Bement, with the engineer really laying the throttle down, as you can tell by the exhaust. NS 6658 is on the head end with its days numbered.
After holding at Unity siding (between Philo and Sidney) for an eastbound mixed freight, 61K is back on the move again, already at track speed by the time it reaches our location a mile west of Ph... (more)
The engineer on southbound CN train A497 gives a wave as we pace him between Tolono and Pesotum. Leading the way is no more than BCOL 4644, a C44-9WL in the red, white, and blue paint scheme.
While waiting for the LSB54 to arrive at the south end of Villa Grove yard, I decided to switch spots at the last minute. Bad choice. Maneuvering my way around the country roads, I see the 54 on t... (more)
NS 181, powered by NS 2522 and 7663, crests a small hill just west of Philo with my personal favorite, an NS SD70, in the lead. After getting cloud screwed in Philo, he was luckily going slow enou... (more)
The NKP signal that guarded the diamond between the NKP and PC stands tall at Oakland as the ILSX 180 pulls a grain train south to clear the switch so the HLCX 3834 can hook up to the north end of... (more)
CN 2128 leads CSX train W248 as it gains speed after slowing for a 10mph speed limit at Newman. This train is on the final leg of the trip to Danville. It came from somewhere in Canada, went down ... (more)
A Wabash era Searchlight stands tall, without replacements, just north of Bement, IL as NS 9896 leads a southbound 61U potash train from The Anderson's just west of Champaign.
Took a stop by the Eastern Illinois Railroad Company's "headquarters" in Charleston, IL yesterday. Not expecting to run into anyone, I talked to their manager for over an hour about oper... (more)
Engineer D.S. on the CN 2417 eases UP train MCHPB slowly back into Villa Grove yard to make a setout/pickup.
UP 1963, a patched Cotton Belt GP60, leads the LSB50 north over the Embarras River and out of Villa Grove.
Right on the tail of NS 20T, NS 146 coasts east through Philo "The Center of the Universe" with a C40-9 and SD40-2 pair.
The UP MPRPB eases it's way diagonally across the horizon at 142.3 with an MP15AC, lettered for NREX, third out in the consist.
UP 1440 and a HLCX unit lead the LSB50 local south into the setting sun and over the last crossing of the day.
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.