Posted by Nick A. Kaminski on October 28, 2009 
Love your Burlington photos! This is my favorite, by far, per subject matter. E-mailed my pops, who was on this trip as well, says it's definitely west of Mendota. It was raining in Mendota. He believes this is the interlocking for the Menndota-Denrock cutoff. He tells me this was the only excursion that featured the Northern and Mike double-heading and noted that the 5632 made close to 90 m.p.h. on the return trip.
Posted by Don Crimmin on October 29, 2009 
John, thanks for the great photo. I have seen a similar shot but it was black and white. This appears to be the "electrics", which was the interlocking just east of Mendota, and slightly east of the old coaling stage. The Denrock branch and the "Peavine" (Galesburg to Savanna via Denrock) were both single track as is the C&I between Savanna and Aurora. I have seen photos of this trip at Earlville and it was raining at Earlville. 4960 and 5632 doubleheaded one other time in fantrip service. It was on May 17, 1964, when 5632 ran Chicago to Galesburg via Denrock and Barstow alone, then picking up 4960 for the return to Chicago via the mainline. My father and I rode that trip. That was three days before 5632 debuted on a Chicago to Aurora centennial trip painted gold. Don C.
Posted by Marty Bernard on October 29, 2009 
John, I too was on that trip. Took my girl friend and since she went on one other fan trip with me and subsequently married me I guess she thought I wasn't crazy. 4960 and 5632 double headed at least one other time, May 17,1964. My grainy shot at Altoona, IL can be found at
Posted by Ray Peacock on October 29, 2009 
What a great photo. Looks monochrome, but isn't at closer look.
Posted by Mitch Goldman on October 29, 2009 
Got audio? Wish I could hop over to for this one! Looks like you're digging deep, keep going, please!
Posted by Janusz Mrozek on October 31, 2009 
Simple, classy shot, but there is something about the pinks in the sky and the two plumes blending into one that make this special.
Posted by Whisl'n Bruce on March 5, 2013 
The Firemen appear to be enjoying this as much as we do. The 5632 had a memorable whistle. T'was a sad day when that engine was torched for scrap.
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