A Short, But Memorable, Trip to Galesburg

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Steam Chaser
Last weekend we made a short-three day trip to Peoria. On Saturday, we headed to Galesburg for a few hours to eat at the Packinghouse Restaurant near the depot and see a few trains. There was nary a cloud in the sky.

After lunch, we drove down to the Transcon first and immediately saw 4 GEs leading a trailer train (no pictures). Then, we drove across the bridge over the yard and viewed the power present. Also on hand were many other engines that I will include later.
Power in the Yard by stlgevo51, on Flickr
When we got to the depot, a train came by. Three GEs and grain slowly rolled by the station.
Vertical Lines by stlgevo51, on Flickr
A few minutes later, the 1 and only southbound (unfortunately) came through. Behind the pair of NS engines was a tarped SD60M.
Mural and NS by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Top Secret by stlgevo51, on Flickr
After a brief lull, one of the many SD40-2-powered yard movements came by the station. Seeing and hearing the snoot SD40-2 was a refreshing sight in 2011, even if it came straight out of the sun.

Snoot SD40-2 by stlgevo51, on Flickr
Another northbound left the yard a few minutes later. What's crazy about this place is that you see and/or hear trains/horns from all directions! Hardly a moment passes without hearing a train.

Backlit and Boring by stlgevo51, on Flickr
A quick drive down to the Transcon revealed a green signal and the ensuing NS-powered manifest. The second unit was a standard cab Dash 9.

Galesburg's "Hole in the Wall" by stlgevo51, on Flickr
Then came the shot of the day. Back at the engine terminal, the light was good enough for a shot of most of the facility. The power shown includes: 3 BN SD60Ms, an ACe, two warbonnets, a CSX GE, a few BNSF geeps, 1 NS SD70M-2, an F unit, a 60M under wraps (that I saw earlier), and a whole lot of Dash 9s! That's a lot of power! Of special mention is the GP50L in the foreground, one of five extended cab versions of the GP50 produced.
I Spy... by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Finally, on the way home on Sunday, a stop in Litchfield confirmed my hopes that Respondek's freshly repainted "Illini terminal" geep was resting in good lighting. What a beauty!
Illini Termial by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
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Outstanding In My Field
Nice photos Jake! Litchfield? Who woulda thought. I'm up near there sometimes and never thought to stop and take a look.



Steam Chaser
Thanks guys!

The Geep really does look nice. Terry is an IT guy, so he has painted multiple units in the IT scheme, like these:
The IT Lives by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Bill- If you are ever in the area, go there and try to see it. You will not be disappointed. It is almost always visible from the main road into town just east of I-55.

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