On a cool summer evening, GWWR 1504 waits to shove back into the KCS E. St. Louis yard on the Ethol switch job. Canon 350D.
In a lost image of railroading, the tower operator at Ridgley Interlocking lines a movement through the plant, Ridgley is the last armstrong tower on the UP with operating rods. Canon 350D.
With one of the endangered Rio Grande SD50's in the lead, engineer Spiv opens up the throttle with 20 minutes to work and 5 miles to go. Canon 350D.
Just like the good ole' days the CN/IC local scoots out of Tuscola after picking up two cars from the CSX interchange. Canon 350D.
On the way to Squaw Creek, the two new units pass through fields filled with wild flowers. Canon 350D.
At the end of the trip, the train pulls into the yard at Yankeetown, and the units will be shut down. The train will be switched out tomorrow. Canon 350D.
The maiden run for Squaw Creek comes out of the hogback just north of Boonville with its short manifest for Yankeetown. Canon 350D.
Squaw Creek 21 sits in the engine house under repair. It is still painted and lettered for Yankeetown Dock Corp., it won't be long before it too is painted like the others. Canon 350D.
On the way back to Yankeetown, Terry throttles up #11 and #20 after a brief stop while paralleling Eskew Road, just north of Highway 61. Canon 350D.
Nearing the end of the line at Yankeetown, the Squaw Creek manifest rounds the curve and heads under IN highway 66. This is the first run for the new RR. Canon 350D.
Illinois Terminal revisited: on their maiden run, the two freshly painted Squaw Creek units prepare to couple to their short train at Squaw Creek. This is the first run for the new RR. Canon 350D.
At the end of the day, this manifest from the CSX at Roselake, rolls through Kirkwood in the last golden light. Canon 350D.
3300 and the MASPR rolls across the canal heading north to Pekin, IL where a Chicago crew will take over. Canon 350D.
The engineer on MASPR cranks it up to notch 8 as they climb the hill outside Alton, up to Godfrey, IL. 3300 still looks as good as ever. Canon 350D.
A bunch of former KCS GP40s sit as MEI awaiting some maintenance, the Arch can be seen in the background. Canon 350D.