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A Day in Illinois 5/17/2021

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I awoke at the Quality Suites in Paducah and after checking out, we ate breakfast at Bob Evans. We stopped for petrol before leaving Paducah heading to Mound City, Illinois.

Canadian National 2912 South at Kevil, Kentucky.

Crossing the Ohio River.

Welcome to Illinois.

GMTX SW1001 67 at Mound City.

The Illinois Central Mound City station. We started to leave but spotted something else here.

Consolidated Terminals and Logistics Company GP7u 2005 former Santa Fe 2687.

Consolidated Terminals and Logistics Company GP9 103, formerly Jackson & Southern 103 and originally Illinois Central 9089. I left Mound City for Olmsted.

Illinois Central caboose 9352 painted green and marked as New York Central Lines 124.

The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Olmsted station built in 1872. I drove us to Marion.

Chicago Eastern Illinois Marion station.

The Illinois Central Marion station used by the Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad from where I once rode a train.

There is a Grand Trunk box car here. From Marion I drove us to Herrin.

Illinois Central freight house in Herrin.

Illinois Central station in Herrin. I next drove to Johnson City.

Chicago Eastern Illinois Johnson City station. Next we travelled north to West Frankfort.


Chicago Eastern Illinois West Frankfort station. From here we headed north to Benton.

Illinois Central station Benton station. We continued north to Mt. Vernon.

The Southern Railway Mt. Vernon station. I drove Elizabeth and I to Salem.

The Baltimore and Ohio Salem station. I drove to the other station in town.

Another fake steam engine in Salem.

Chicago and Eastern Illinois Salem station. We left Salem for Pana and hit the second rain of the trip.

The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Pana station.

The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway freight house.

Between Pana and north of Springfield, we had torrential rains which had people down to 40 mph on Interstate 55 and emergency flashers with wipers on high. It was one of the worst rain storms that I had driven through in all my years of driving.

Later on Interstate 74 we came out of it.

They are building a new bridge as we crossed the Mississippi River into Iowa.

Welcome to Iowa. We had dinner at Jersey Mike's and checked into the Best Western Steeplegate Inn and wrote the Ohio Rail Experience story. After that we called it a night.