Before the BLOL headed North for the day with their grain train, they brought some ethanol cars to the plant in town, and dropped some cars off in the NS interchange.
The Bloomer Line bringing a grain train from CN North on their trackage towards various elevators on their line. This train would shortly stop in Sibley to drop off a cut of cars & BLOL 7504.
Passing a lone tree and country road, BLOL 7504 and friends are pulling on their empty grain train for points north.
An originally built IC GP9 pulls a grain train past the IC depot in Gibson City. They had just grabbed this unit train from the siding just South of town on the CN trackage.
Approaching Sibley, BLOL 7504 eases down to a crawl. Here at the elevator, the lead unit will be pulled off and used to load cars at the elevator. They are in the process of splitting this empty C... (more)
BLOL 7504 was built as an IC GP9 back in 1957. Fast forward 62 years and here it is in a CB&Q inspired paint scheme shoving a grain train on the former IC Gilman Sub & past an ole IC signal. Crazy... (more)
An ex-IC GP10 rebuild pulls an empty grain train north on former IC rails to shove back onto the NS and onto the Bloomer Line's rails. The train will be broken up into parts and delivered to eleva... (more)
BLOL 7591 & BLOL 7504 lead grain loads South for the CN as they approach their home base of Gibson City, IL.
An early morning Bloomer Line train heads North over a wooden trestle just South of Strawn, Illinois.
EMD 567 engines are barking across the Illinois countryside between Gibson City and Sibley as this fully loaded CN grain train pulls south behind a vintage EMD GP9 and GP10.
A 4 pack of EMD’s leading a loaded grain train up the grind out of the small town of Sibley, Illinois.
The class lights are lit and the two Bloomer Line's EMD 567 engines are in the eighth notch as Engineer Jones pulls this loaded grain train bound for the CN. They had just finished loading half th... (more)
Three light Bloomer units head north through the small town of Strawn.
BLOL 7591 sits with the rest of the roster at Risk Junction, waiting for a new crew to take them home in the morning after delivering to CN.
Bloomer brings grain loads down towards CN at Gibson City.