The longest railroad in the world in 1856, Illinois Central rails crossed Illinois, and eventually connected Chicago and Lake Michigan to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. Locomotives and trains featured here range from a Mikado (2-8-2) built by Baldwin in 1911, and a Mountain-type 4-8-2 built by the Central’s own shops, to the City of New Orleans departing Chicago in 1960, the streamlined Green Diamond in 1968, and more. Celebrate the “Mainline of Mid-America.”
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Locomotives featured in this edition include:
• Illinois Central 2119, a Mikado (2-8-2), is leading a freight into Kankakee, IL on January 23, 1956
• Illinois Central 2500 is moving through the yard at Centralia, IL on December 4, 1956. Illinois Central owned 56 of these Mountain type (4-8-2) locomotives, built by the Paducah Shops in 1937 through 1952
• Illinois Central 4015 and 4001 (E-7A leads—E6A trails; both are EMD locomotives) are leading Train 14, the eastbound Land O’ Corn, making a station stop at Broadview, IL on April 17, 1962
• Illinois Central 1447, a Mikado (2-8-2), is getting its feet wet during the great Mississippi River flood in April 1950
• Illinois Central 2809, a ponderous Santa Fe (2-10-2) type, complete with an auxiliary water car, is at Centralia, Illinois on April 25, 1957.
• It is June 1960 at Central Station, Chicago, IL, and 4025 is preparing to head south with Train 1, the City of New Orleans, scheduled to depart at 7:50 a.m. The two units assigned to this train are 4025, an E-8A, and an accompanying E-8B, both EMD locomotives
• Illinois Central 4001 is on Train 21, the southbound Green Diamond at the Springfield, IL depot in July 1968. 4001 is an EMD E-6A. The Green Diamond went into service in 1936 as a daily Chicago to St. Louis, MO train. This would be Illinois Central’s first streamlined train.
• Illinois Central 1350A and 1350B, a Class TR1A and TR1B, are switching at Madison, IL on July 18, 1957
• IC steam on display at the roundhouse in Central City, KY on October 27, 1957 are locomotives 1658, 1518, 1572, all 2-8-2 Mikados, 2721, a 2-10-2, and 1528, another Mikado
• Illinois Central 2304, a 4-6-2-Pacific, is leading a local freight at Flanagan, IL on October 10, 1957
• Illinois Central 3502, a 0-8-0 switcher, one of 70 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works and Lima Locomotive Works between 1921 and 1929
• Illinois Central 2550, a Mountain (4-8-2) built by the Paducah Shops in 1941
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