BLOL 7591 & BLOL 7504 lead grain loads South for the CN as they approach their home base of Gibson City, IL.
An early morning Bloomer Line train heads North over a wooden trestle just South of Strawn, Illinois.
EMD 567 engines are barking across the Illinois countryside between Gibson City and Sibley as this fully loaded CN grain train pulls south behind a vintage EMD GP9 and GP10.
A 4 pack of EMD’s leading a loaded grain train up the grind out of the small town of Sibley, Illinois.
The class lights are lit and the two Bloomer Line's EMD 567 engines are in the eighth notch as Engineer Jones pulls this loaded grain train bound for the CN. They had just finished loading half th... (more)
Three light Bloomer units head north through the small town of Strawn.
BLOL 7591 sits with the rest of the roster at Risk Junction, waiting for a new crew to take them home in the morning after delivering to CN.
Bloomer brings grain loads down towards CN at Gibson City.
Bloomer 7561 sits at Gibson City on a cold night.
Bloomer's high hood GP10 leads a cut of cars to the elevator for loading.
The Bloomer Line's ex Burlington Northern Geep is seen awaiting its next assignment. Paul Meyer photo.
Bloomer Shippers line uses this Plymouth to work the downtown Gibson City elevator.
Steve Smedley photo
The sun reflects off the side of the Bloomer Line's first locomotive, GP9 7591, a former Northern Pacific unit, with the air temperature at 0 degrees. Bloomer Line engineer Paul Jones moves 28 ... (more)
Putting the train back together at Charlotte, GP10 7504 shoves 22 cars into the cut of 23, making it look like a continuous stretch of 45 cars with one geep. It sounded awesome!