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Thread: First Train on the Old Rock Island in 25 Years

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    Nov 1999

    Default First Train on the Old Rock Island in 25 Years

    Hey all
    The wife and I went down to Starved Rock State Park in Utica IL to do a bit of hiking, on the way home we stopped in downtown Utica to get some building refference and skin shots(for MSTS of course) imagine my surprise as the gates dropped and I found two CSX locos(got pics,I'll post once the wife gets them off the camera) switching the local cement plant.
    The first time I've caught a train on that line since 79 when the trains were more frequent and of more varied colors.
    In a related bit of info, some of you may be saying to yourselves that Utica Il rings a bell, that's because Utica made the national news earlier this year when an F5 tornado came though town taking seven lives,from where the damged area was this thing did minimal damage(roof chunks gone etc)just a block SW but landed square on the one block where the fatalties occured and then lifted leaving minimal damage NE, however that F5 claimed one more victim(though a far less important one in light of seven lives)on it's way out of town, the Utica Rock Island depot, the depot was still standing(IIRC you can find pics taken in 00 or 01 on the Fallen Flags site)though a bit ratty around the edges, as it stands now huge chunks of the roof are gone and on closer inspection(as pics will show when I post)structural damges that while not warenting imeadiate demolition may doom any restoration plans that Utica may have held for the depot.

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    Default RE: First Train on the Old Rock Island in 25 Years

    Yep, CSX now owns the line from Joliet to Council Bluffs, Iowa while Iowa Interstate (IAIS) has trackage rights. IAIS uses the tracks more than CSX and runs during the day. CSX runs a thru freight during the night to Barr Yard in Riverdale. I think IAIS runs like two trains a day, one each way to Council Bluffs. CSX engines sit in Rockdale, the town just southwest of Joliet, on a siding in front of an office. There is a small yard there used by CSX. The IAIS yard is in Blue Island. The CSX trains take the connector track from the Rock Island District to the CSX line at Blue Island at the crossing where the CSX ducks under the Rock Island.

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    Default RE: First Train on the Old Rock Island in 25 Years

    Rail Development Corp. of Pittsburgh own the Iowa Interstate as of January 2004. The Iowa Interstate owns the old CRIP mainline from Bureau, Illinois to Council Bluffs, Iowa. IAIS has trackage rights from Bureau to Blue Island and Bureau to Peoria.

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