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A second visit to Rochelle Railroad Park 5/20/2013

by Chris Guenzler

I got up worked on the story, had the motel breakfast which was very good then drove to Mendota, Illinois where I parked right behind the Union Depot Railroad Museum which I wrote a story on a few years ago. I just wanted the railroad equipment photographed this time with my newer camera.

The Milwaukee Road Railway Express Agency 2713.

Cadillac & Lake City American View.

Metra Electric 1619.

Metra Electric 1602.

The line of railroad equipment.

CB&Q Wooden Caboose 14451.

CB&Q 2-8-2 4978 built in 1923.

CB&Q Steam engine and Caboose.

The Medota Union Station.

A Mendota view.

BNSF 4627 East came through Mendota.

Amtrak 380, the Illinois Zephyr, came into Mendota, did its station work and then left for Chicago.

Amtrak 381, the Carl Sandburg, came into Mendota, did its station work and then left for Quincy. I left for Amboy but had to make another stop in Mendota before leaving town.

Northern Pacific Wooden Caboose 10278 ex-BN 10902 at the Civic Center Park in Mendota. From here I drove northwest on US Highway 52 into Amboy and followed the signs to my next stop.

Amboy Depot Museum 5/17/2013

I pulled into their parking lot.

Three views of the Illinois Central Station in Amboy built in 1876.

There is a steam engine and caboose on display here.

Grand Trunk Western 0-8-0 8376.

Railroad Crossing Sign.

An important safety message.

Norfolk and Western Wooden Caboose 518125.

Illinois Central Freight House in Amboy.

The steam train display.

The Amboy station was the former Illinois Central division headquarters.

This clock caught my eye.

It has interesting pictures on each face.

One last view of the Amboy Depot Museum. From here I drove north up to US Highway 30 then north on Illinois Highway 251 which took me into Rochelle.

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