Map submitted by Lee M.
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I will start by saying i love trains,i lived in the Forreston,Leaf River,Il area most of my life.enjoyed the steam engines,then the diesels. saw many train wrecks. other kids laughed, cause i would drop every thing and run to see train go by.it was sad during the mid 80's to see the track south of Freeport, il disappear!! I do wish that Forreston could have kept the depot! thank you, wish i had pics for you,but was going through a tough divorce.
Pearl city, IL
Part of this line is in operation. From somewhere north of Decatur, south to Assumption, the tracks remain. Just the other day, I saw a short train on the tracks near Decatur. The engines pulling the train were marked "Pioneer Lines."
Oakford , IL
The ROW will be preserved in Dixon (kidhome of Reagan) because the stone bridges were declared historic.
Also Amboy (origin of Carson Pieri Scott dpt store, home of brother of Charles Dickens) was a IC region hub with yard. The region station with a steam loco remain.
There is also a section of this still operating from the cement plant in Oglesby across the "mile long bridge" over the Illinois River to what's left of IC's Lasalle yard where they interchange with the Iowa Interstate.
In Amboy, A Grand Trunk Western 0-8-0 is next to the original depot. A caboose is behind the engine. A freight house also sits nearby. It is now a museum. Also the Northern Illinois Interurban went through town. I think the powerhouse is still up.
"Northern Illinois Interurban went through town" Yeah I posted that track also. It ran from main street Amboy to Lee Center. It ran through?? if so don't know where else it ran to.
Much of the old right of way is visible just to the west of US51, from Pana south to at least the small (and decrepit) small town of Shobonier
Does anyone know if one can cut trees for firewood on abandoned. R. R sites when there is no track or RR
Do you have any pictures or information about Freeport to Centralia? Please