Pekin to Bloomington
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Incorporated on February 21, 1890 While it was out of business in the 90's some tracks were left behind like track under Interstate 155.
Did this line run right past Tremont?
the line ran right through Tremont just a few yards from route 9
Ah. I knew there used to be a line running out there. Way before my time though. I was born in '89
in the early 90's there was still track under rt 155 by tremont.
I was living in Eureka in the late 70s and early 80s, and Conrail abandoned the line and moved the trains to the former NKP, then NS branch out of Bloomington to Peoria. I don't know how long that lasted. Today it wouldn't make any difference!
The only time I ever saw a train on the line was in Tremont-it had an Alco C425 in PC paint, so it had to have been sometime in 1977.
Looking at the area of this map, I now remember floating with a couple friends one summer down the Mackinaw river right outside Green Valley. There is an old railroad bridge between CO Rd 1400 E and Towerline Rd. Anyone have any idea where this line went to and from? If anyone knows what I'm talking about, haha.
The last Conrail train from Bloomington to Danville ran in
1999 right before the Conrail breakup at which time NS mothballed the line. It is still in place between Bloomington and Urbana, but it is in really bad shape for all but one segment from Mansfield to a large grain elevator just West of Champaign.
the line used 2 follow rt 9 at 1 time even crosses the highway but is still n use from just west of morris ave and goes off towards Peoria following Rt 150........east of Bloomington I don't know how or where it comes from really anymore but isn't the greatest of shape........also this is 1 of the nickel plate lines.....
btw I now live here n blomington
Anyone remember driving into town from east side on Rt9 there was a crossing but looking now. i dont remember exactly where it was? anyone remember?
I grew up in Tremont just north of the rt 9 and 121 interseton. I could walk 1/4 mile from my house and watch the trains go by. 1960s threw 80s.
I just read that this line was originally Il Traction System RR before steam\diesel.