The 4:25 train for Chicago departs eastbound from the Elburn Station on the UP Genvea Sub.
The conductor checks his watch, the time it 4:24 pm, one minute until the train departs, even that does not stop the conductor from chatting on his phone as the last passengers board.
An Eastbound freight, led by the Union Pacific's United Way engine, rolls across the plains of Illinois towards to Chicago as another Eastbounder follws closely behind.
A Westbound and Eastbound go head to head at Elburn, IL after both were held for unknown reasons for almost 20 minutes.
UP 5954 leads a long, empty coal train through Elburn at a quick pace.
UP 3940 and 9700 hover above a healthy cornfield that seems nearly ready to harvest.
UP SD40-2 3075 heads west through Elburn, doing track speed with a light load. An SD90MAC, running as a DPU, can be seen smoking it up in the background.
A trio of recently delivered SD70ACe's lead a filthy SD60 and UP's A-B-A set of E9's on a K-Line stack train bound for Global 2.
A pair of UP SD70M's and a pair of UP SD70ACe's lead a westbound stacker past the Metra Station in Elburn.
A pair of UP AC4400CW's, along with a patched CNW pushing at the rear, are the power for this highballing empty coal train through Elburn.
Just before the big rush, UP SD70M 4797, another UP SD70M and a UP C40-8 highball through Elburn, approaching the Metra Station.
Fast freight west on the former C&NW.
Another in the endless parade of eastbound traffic.
A four pack drags a mixed freight east.
The Super Chicken slices through the snow at Elburn.