Railroad industry

John Downing is doing a complete restoration of an E8 that will eventually join an all Illinois Central passenger consist at MRM. After a day of pulling old wiring and vacumning rust, John takes a break at Monticello Railway Museum. Steve Smedley photo

UP 4141, the locomotive that pulled the funeral train for former President George H.W. Bush is on a tour of the Union Pacific system and is shown trailing 1943 on train MPRAS. The SD70ACe, features a paint scheme which mimics Air Force One. Members of the Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Protection District worked with the photographer to pose fire apparatus with the two specially painted units. A very professional relief crew is moving the train South to St. Louis, the next UP terminal where the unit will be displayed for employees and their families. Photo copyright Steve Smedley
UNION PACIFIC LSF50 LOCAL AND TSTORMS SAS Union Pacific Railroad Bloomington Illinois local LSF50 and its crew does a securement test at Cargill Incorporated on what is left of the ”Jack Line”, as a severe thunderstorm moves into the area on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The ”Jack Line” once ran South West to Jacksonville Illinois and was abandoned in the late 1970’s to mid 1980’s. Steve Smedley photo
Norfolk Southern train D32 rolls North out of Mansfield, Illinois between thunderheads, Wednesday, June 14, 2016. Copyright Steve Smedley photo for Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Railroad special agent Dale Jenkins instructed the two day Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Program, held at Good Yards on the west side of Normal. NS conductor Marty Merrill prepares to board the locomotives with engineer Steve Young. The train made several round trips between Normal and Goodfield.
CNIC engineer Dave Allenson sails across the Salt Creek trestle between Hartsburg and Lincoln, Illinois, on the former Illinois Central Railroad’s Peoria District. Three GEVO’s burble along with a DPU trailing on this 100 plus car coal train bound for the huge Archer Daniels Midland power generating station in Decatur, Illinois. Cattle cross the Salt Creek in the background. STEVE SMEDLEY PHOTO
ICG ORANGE IN SEA OF GREEN The ICG used Bloomington for a storage yard, seen in 1986.
Copyright Steve Smedley photography.
Trying out my new logo. The idea and following caption information is from
Michael Polk
September 26 ·
09/26/2018- The Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad heads Eastbound on the former Chesapeake & Ohio with loads at “QN” cabin, where at one time, the Monon’s Michigan City Branch crossed the C&O of Indiana. Although the Monon has long since been removed, the interlocking tower that once protected the crossing of the two railroads still stands guard, rotting away in a field.
Illinois & Midland Railroad engineer Judd Schust rolls I&M Work Extra 2108 South, at Havana, Illinois as a setting sun is reflected in fresh paint. The train is forty minutes into its run from Powerton Yard, south of Pekin, and bound for Springfield, Illinois. The 2108 is ex-NS/Southern high hood GP38-2 5047 that was chop nosed and repainted at Metro East Industries last year. Steve Smedley
Part of a published magazine article on the Vermilion Valley Railroad’s Olin Locomotive Shops, general manager Jim Montgerard, right, and engineer and mechanic Tyler Hunt. The two men spent many hours on the restoration of former Erie Mining Company F9 4210, which they are sitting in.
VERMILLION VALLEY 4210 WOODS 300 1 11 4 2017 Asked a property owner for permission and walked an 8th of a mile through the woods for the Eastbound trip back to Olin, Indiana. Steve Smedley

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