Monday, January 23, 2017

Vandalia, IL: Vandalia Railroad

Vandalia Railroad is a 3-mile remnant of the original Illinois Central route that gave meaning to the "Central" part of the name. It appears the junction tower with the CSX/Pennsy has been preserved as their office. (Street View)

These are two of several photos posted by Eric Berger.

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Satellite
When this satellite image was taken, they were using their northern end to store tank cars. Google's road map doesn't show any of the track, but a study of a satellite image indicates they have quite a bit of siding/yard track. Three tank cars were on the connector with CSX. A Street View of the connector shows MoW equipment. It is good to know that they are maintaining the track. Turning that Street View west shows the CSX tracks on the left. The railroad cross bucks should be removed. They are now a false warning.

The engine is an EMD SW9 built 4/50. The serial number of 9786 is the first 4-digit serial number I remember seeing. It was L&N 2271. [TheDieselShop]

Update:
Illinois Railroad Pictures posted
Side View of Vandalia Railroad offices and locomotive 2017





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