The conductor leans out of the window to grab orders from the tower operator at West Chicago as the train crosses the triple track Union Pacific.
SOO 1003 sits in the clear during a layover at Janesville while the Wisconsin & Southern goes about normal business. The 1003 was headed to Chicago for an event for Shriners Hospital and Metra fa... (more)
Iowa Interstate 516 sits on the North RIP track and Iowa Interstate's "new" excursion cars get some attention on the South RIP track at Silvis.
BNSF 8034 pulls BNSF geometry cars 85 and 86 into Rock Island. Seeing the geometry train is real treat on the Industrial as it is normally tested by a hi-rail truck.
A pair of reactivated, but worn warbonnet GE's lead several other BNSF engines on the local switching the west end of Barstow Yard.
Rebuilt and repainted SD75I 288 is tied down in the yard at Barstow. The modified "swoosh" paint scheme looks pretty sharp on these EMD's.
Due to record rainfall to the north, the Rock River is rising out of it's banks as well as the nearby streams. Fields surrounding the Barstow Yard are flooding but the railroad appears safe for n... (more)
An eastbound 8-car engineering special approaches the Mississippi River bridge to cross into Illinois from Iowa.
The Illinois Railway Museum sent their former Santa Fe FP45 92 to NRE to be rebuilt to operating condition while other cosmetic restoration will be completed at the museum at a later date. The Io... (more)
A Silvis to Peoria train with mostly grain passes the former Rock Island depot at Geneseo.
An eastbound 8-car engineering special passes the former Chicago & North Western depot at Clinton. The UP recently re-purchased the depot and surround land from private owners, but no plan has be... (more)
The 403 local crew has died in the siding at Warner, tied it down, and is cabbing home to Galesburg while the train waits for a shuttle crew.
IAIS GP38-2 718 sits on the west side of the diesel shop at South Amana.
The Rock Island switcher switches the west end of the yard to prepare for a run down the Milan Branch.
An eastbound stack train from Fort Madison to Logistics Park passes under the signal bridges at Toluca.