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Steam Chaser
I heard there were two EJ&E units working the L546 local from Du Quoin, IL, to East St. Louis, IL. I'd never caught a J locomotive before, so I went south to see if I could get at least one of them. Luck was on my side, as both of them were paired up. Unfortunately, I miscalculated the speed of the journey and the train left us in the dust. I missed the best shot of the trip in Pinckneyville, so we scrambled ahead and luckily got another shot because the train made a set out in Coulterville. We didn't catch him again until Belleville, almost to East St. Louis. By then, it was dark, and we couldn't catch the head end anyway. Still, it was a fun chase!

EJ&E 670 is an SD38-2 with the stripes on the nose while 703 is a GP38-2 in the "J-Ball" scheme.

I decided to do something different and upload them to Flickr. I might do this more in the future. Let me know what you think!

Then it was the J's turn to move. They pulled forward and then backed down to the wye to take them to the line to EStL.
Better Than Fireworks
by stlgevo51, on Flickr

We caught him again on the south leg of the wye. We really should have went to Pinckneyville, but we didn't know the speeds were going to be so high.
Pretty in Orange
by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Finally, after a long drive, we caught up to the train in Coulterville in the last light of the day. By the time we got back on the road, the train was already moving along at highway speeds.
Finally! The J's Are Caught Again
by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Enjoy the shots!
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New Member
I like the shots with the J-units. One was floating around town here for a while, but never had time to get a shot of it. Wish I had now.


Outstanding In My Field
Nice job Jake. I had to check out where DuQuion was on the map. That is a long chase for sure!

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