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The drive back to La Plata then home on the trains

with coverage of the Wheels O' Time Museum

by Chris Guenzler

7/25/2011 Bob and Elizabeth meet Nathan and I at the front door of the Motel 6 after we had loaded our stuff at the back door and filled the ice box with ice. We took Interstate 280 east to Interstate 74 which we took to Illinois Highway 78 north and then Illinois Highway 90 east to Edelstein. We drove through town to the bridge over the BNSF mainline and set up there for the first train of the day.

BNSF 4826 East at Edelstein. From here we drove down to the Houlihan's Curve.

The tail end of BNSF 4826 East at the Houlihan's Curve. We now waited for a westbound train.

BNSF NS 2590 West on the Houlihan's Curve. From here we drove east into Chillicothe, Illinois.

The Santa Fe Chillicothe Station. From here we made our way to the Rock Island Station in Chillicothe.

The Rock Island Station in Chillicothe.

There is a Santa Fe Caboose here.

Me waiting for the Rock Island train that will never come to pick me up.

Elizabeth waiting for that same train.

Rock Island lives on in Chillicothe. From here we went south on Illinois Highway 26 to Illinois Route 6 then Route 40 north to the Wheels O' Time Museum in Dunlap, Illinois.

Wheels O' Time Museum 7/26/2011.

The museum was closed but the railroad exhibits are accessible from the other side of the museum building.

The museum's display train.

Rock Island 4-6-2 886.

They have a semaphore signal here.

Milwaukee Road Railway Express Agency 2716.

TP&W caboose 508.

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Danville 800.

A concrete Whistle Post.

Toledo Peoria & Western TP&W 1.

Plymouth switch engine W.O.R. 2.

Two more views of the Wheels O' Time Museum.

We left stopping at a gas station for gas for the van before we headed into Peoria. We stopped at the very nice city hall so Elizabeth could get her Municipal Pin for Peoria that she collects. We heard a train horn and found a Tazewell & Peoria Railroad light engine heading north. We headed after it in chase mode and got ahead of it and couldn't believe how lucky we just got.

The Tazewell & Peoria Railroad GP10 3000 came by the Train Shed and old Rock Island Station in Peoria.

The old Rock Island Station in Peoria.

The old Rock Island turntable in the park here. From here we went and found the original Rock Island Station.

The original Rock Island Station built in 1891.

A letter about this Rock Island Station.

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