Shawneetown to McLeansboro


Map submitted by Mike Fromholt.

GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

(Forwarded from the Springfield & Illinois South Eastern Railway)

This is a branch of the former Louisville and Nashville, now Evensville and Western,from McLeansboro to Shawneetown. The line when intact, had mostly crossbuck-only protection. There was an interlocking at Eldorado at teh Big Four. That had two color light signals and a small yellow-only signal for a distant signal about a block either side. There was only a switch where it joined the B&O at Junction. East of that pint was the interlocking crossins of a coal mine spur to haul coal tpo the Ohio River. That had B&O color-position light signals in only the red herizontl and green vertical positions, with a marker light above.

There was a short spur in McLeansboro to serve local industries. That had a derail. When derail was off the tracks, it signified the line was in sue. It was strictly yard limits.

There used to be flashers on Illinois 142 and US 45 in Eldorado, later marked EXEMPT when line was abandoned but rails still intact. The line was removed sometime in the 1980's.

George Carlisle
Urbana, IL


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