Map submitted by Lee M.
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The original line extended from about 1/4 mile west of the IC/Conrail (P&E) junction to downtown Urbana (shown on map). This part of the line (to Philo Road) was abandoned in ~1980 and N&W built a connection to Conrail and penned a trackage rights deal.
Green Bay, WI
While it may have been abandoned in the 80's, when i was in school at UofI in early 90's, the track was still there. It ran right in front of the urbana kmart.
The line was abanooned from near Wright Street in Champaign in the 1980's Then later, the track was removed in Urbana. Where it turned away from the Peoria and Eastern, the track went through a residentail neighborhood. This track was abandoned about 1982, from Wright Street to the junction of a spur to the Former magnavox, later Solo Cup plant. When Solo cup allowed Conrail to build a connection across Main Street to the Peoria and Easern tracks, the diagonal line through the neighborhood was abandoned and torn up. Property owners obtained their land back, and there are some od shaped lots in the area and diagonal buildings. The line from junction of the Solo Cup Spur, where Philo Road turns southward, was torn out in 1991, all the way to Sidney. There is little evidence except a few trees along the right of way and a power line that follows east of Mira Station to Sidney, along the former rightof way.
Norfolk Southern now runs the former Peoria and eastern from Mansfield to Urbana. It serves the Andersons grain complex, Solo Cup and Emulsicoat. The number of traisn varies but averags once or twice per week.
Broadway and race Street formerly had flashers that spelled "STOP" vertically. Those are gone. Only the former Peoria and Eastern Flashers remain.At washington Street in Champaign, a former Illinois Terminal interurban block signal remained as a distant signal for Illinois Central Interlocking. The signal is gone, and so is the interlocking tower. An interlocking tower has bene recenlly buit at Monticello Railway Museum, in memory of Richard P. Stair. longtime operator at Champaign Tower.
West of the tower, Both Illinois central and Wabash had joint use of the track. Most of that track is gone now. At Randolph Street, the Havana District branches off, to Seymour, servcng some local Champaign Industries and Bondvile and Seymour Grain elevators. Trains run on a as-needed basis, but usually daily-except-Sunday to the Kraft plant. There are no singals on this line, as it is entirely within yard limits.
George R. Carlisle
Formerly, Urbana, IL
Do you have any pictures or information about Urbana to Sidney? Please