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This view shows the end of the abandoned section, at the Norfolk Southern crossing, looking east. The existing tracks can be seen in the distance as they curve to the right (south) where they will connect to the NS line. (View the "full size" image to see the tracks more easily.) Photo by Jeremy Harris, October 2008.

This abandoned railway began as part of the Danville, Urbana, Bloomington and Pekin Railroad, chartered in 1866, which built a line between Bloomington and Champaign/Urbana. Before the line was even completed, the DUB&P itself merged with another line to become the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway 3 years later on July 20, 1869. The line was completed shortly thereafter.

The line went through many owners over the years as railroad companies merged and bought out others. Previous owners include the CCC&StL, NYC, PC, and Conrail; it eventually came under the control of the Peoria & Eastern, and finally of the Norfolk Southern, who filed for abandonment for this portion of the line west of Mansfield in March of 2004.

Today, the tracks are still present along the route, but are in disrepair and overgrown with vegetation. The remainder of the line between Mansfield and Champaign is seldom used for local freights of the Norfolk Southern.

that should be the line from mansfield to urbana sees quite a few locals during a week, especially during harvest moving grain from the andersons @ rising. the ic/cn has trackage rights from champaign out to the andersons and usually run at least twice a week

jeff turner
new richmond , IN
5/6/2011

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Actually the company ran further west to Pekin Il. See http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/map_item.pl

Lee
Dallas, TX
6/28/2012

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Actually, where did you get your info that the line was abandoned in 2004? There is a very high-end fiber optic cable

buried under the right-of-way. I thought this is why NS mothballed and railbanked rather than tore up and sold the land? Thanks.

Logan Geigner
Bloomington, IL
4/19/2013

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