Bloomer Line 7549 brings a cut of ethanol cars out to the NS interchange.
Chinese red, high nose, torpedo tubes, class lights...what year is it again? A Bloomer Line GP10 slowly moves grain hoppers over the scale track along IL-47. Any excess grain in the cars is remove... (more)
With the train finalized, all three Geep's are now on the head end ready to depart Sibley for the 10 mile trip to Gibson City.
Bloomer 7591 winds the train through town negotiating the tight right hand curves with ease.
This is the cliche view of the Bloomer that always comes to mind... open fields and weeds...
For a good 5 mile stretch, the Bloomer Line parallel's Rte. 47 opening the window for easy chasing and pacing.
Now on heavier, well maintained rail, the engineer opens up the old girls and takes em for a run as they pick up speed through the town of Strawn.
The pair of Geep's split vintage Wabash search lights and battery boxes at the Risk Junction.
The pair of Geep's are struggling through town about to slam the TP&W diamond.
After re-assembling their train as one, 7591 and 7561 depart Charlotte for Sibley where they will combine the rest of the cars and pick up 7504 for the trip to Gibson City.
A former CR GP10 is seen here loading a cut of grain cars at Charlotte, IL. Sister units 7504 and 7591 will later meet up and head back to Gibson City.
A Bloomer Line train with former Conrail GP10 #7561 on the point, slowly loads a train of soybeans at the Alliance Grain Company Colfax Elevator, in Colfax, Illinois.
When the last car is loaded,... (more)