Posts Tagged ‘Chicago & Eastern Illinois’

Got it This Time

September 15, 2020

Last month I traveled in a convoy with a couple other railfans in search of Indiana Rail Road trains in western Indiana.

We had a lull in our schedule so we hung out in Sullivan along the CSX CE&D Subdivision in hopes of getting a train passing beneath the coaling tower that straddles the tracks there.

Built in 1941 by the Chicago & Eastern Illinois, the mammoth landmark would probably be expensive to raze.

It hasn’t been used for decades but so long as it doesn’t interfere with current operations it’s probably better to just leave it in place.

Our hopes of getting something passing beneath the coaling tower were soon dashed when a CSX maintenance of way employee who happened to be passing by told us the line was shut down for track work that would be going on for several more hours.

The coaling tower wouldn’t be going anywhere and the track work would be ending with summer’s end so I decided to come back on another day, probably in September.

That turned out to be last Sunday. The weather was nice and I wanted to get out somewhere so I ventured to Sullivan on my own and hung out by the Frakes Street grade crossing, which is the closest public spot to the tower.

I hadn’t been there but a few minutes when I got my first train. That was the good news. The not so good news was that is was a northbound when I needed a southbound.

That northbound, the K721, an ethanol empties train that originates in Alabama and travels on CSX as far as Chicago, stopped shortly after its last car cleared Frakes.

The two tracks that pass beneath the coaling tower include a passing siding that ends on the north end of town.

Perhaps the ethanol train was waiting on a southbound. It wasn’t.

I don’t know why the K721 stopped, but after sitting there awhile it continued onward.

It turns out the ethanol train would meet a southbound about 45 minutes later.

That would be the manifest freight seen above, which enabled me to complete some unfinished business.

Although I’m pleased with the image, I could have done without the tree branches hanging out over the tracks.

I also wonder what this scene will look like next month when the leaves turn. Will it be colorful?

It’s starting to sound like planning for another trip to Sullivan is taking shape.


August 7, 2020

The plan was to hang out in Sullivan, Indiana, between catching trains on the Indiana Rail Road.

I’d never been to Sullivan but had seen photographs of the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois coaling tower that straddles the tracks of the CSX CE&D Subdivision.

So there it was a short distance from a public grade crossing. The prospect of catching a southbound coming through that coaling tower had me excited.

Alas, it was not to be. A maintenance of way window had the line shut down north of town. Trains were not expected to run again until the evening.

So although I walked away empty handed this time, you can be certain I’ll be back.

It reminded me of my first visit to the former Bessemer & Lake Erie in Conneaut that also ended with nothing. But I kept going back and was able get some good images.

INRD, CSX to Remove Spring Hill Diamond

October 2, 2018

The Indiana Rail Road and CSX have notified the U.S. Surface Transportation Board authority of their plans to remove a diamond at Spring Hill near Terre Haute, Indiana.

The diamond is the crossing of the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois line now owned by CSX and the former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific line now owned by INRD.

In the filing the two railroads said they plan to relocate a short segment INRD track as well as remove the diamond.

“The joint project will not result in the disruption of service to any shippers, expand the operations of INRD into new territory, or alter the existing competitive situation among carriers,” the carriers said in the STB filing.

As part of the reconfiguration, INRD will receive overhead trackage rights over a short portion of the CSX CE&D Subdivision, which is a major freight artery between Chicago and the Southeast.

INRD plans to build 800 feet of track southeast of Spring Hill to create a connection to CSX and remove 1,000 feet of track northwest of the diamond.

The two railroads plan to finish the work on or shortly after Oct. 27.

The arrangement will be similar to how R.J. Corman operates over a short section of Norfolk Southern’s Fort Wayne Line at Mace interlocking in Massillon.

To view the filing to$FILE/246439.pdf

No Injuries in Southern Indiana CSX Derailment

June 18, 2018

Some residents of Princeton, Indiana, were evacuated after a CSX train derailed Sunday night and caught fire. Officials said no one was injured as a result of the derailment.

CSX officials said 23 cars derailed, including five cars carrying propane. Two of the burning cars were reported to be hauling frozen food.

Those evacuated live in a mile radius of the derailment in the city located 25 miles north of Evansville on the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois mainline that once hosted crack streamliners headed to Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Police also closed U.S. Route 41. The train had two locomotives, 89 loaded cars and nine empty cars and derailed at about 8:10 p.m.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s office said it received several calls about a derailment and explosion near Old U.S. 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.