A southbound UP grain train rolls through Woodland Junction, the point where UP's line from Villa Grove joins the CSX line from Danville.
A variety four pack of EMDs waits out the afternoon in Gilman. GTW 6225 (GP38-2) is followed by IC 1011 (SD70) CN 5930 (SD40-2) and GTW 4618 (GP9R).
A southbound CN freight blows through the tiny town of Onarga at track speed.
A UP tunnel motor looks rather out of place sandwiched between two NS dash 9s on this northbound manifest on the old IC main.
A WC geep 40 leads a track geometry train east on the old GTW main.
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The two Olympic units bracket the new CNW heritage unit as the Council Bluffs - Proviso manifest hits the home stretch.
A CN SD75I and one of three remaining GTW SD40-2s get a recrew at dusk.
712 waits for clearance to leave the yard with Iowa's new business car "Hawkeye" for a special to Peoria.
An IHB switcher straddles the Illinois - Indiana state line as it crosses the NS main.
A fresh out of the box GEVO leads a short transfer from the IHB.
An eastbound NS manifest led by a dash 9 (not a wide cab!!) crosses the Illinois-Indiana border on the old Nickel Plate main.
This CSX SD40 still has one Seaboard-style number board.
A C40-8W in Conrail paint accelerates after getting the signal to proceed through Dolton Junction.
It's always nice to catch Conrail on the point. This westbound manifest is on the last mile of its journey as it prepares to enter Barr Yard.