STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Mon Nov 15, 2021 7:27 am
One point of order, Mr. Wolf; Savanna, Illinois vice Georgia.
This was where the MILW and CB&Q x'd at a diamond and where the "Cities" and the "Zephyr's" could at times see one another waiting their turn to X. DPM even once wrote a piece depicting the choices that a resident there had to get to Chicago, which as I recall, was not less than "a dozen a day".
This was also, incidentally, my A-Day Eve excursion; "City of Everywhere" out, return on the "Afternoon Zephyr". Even if the Dome Diner had been withdrawn, and a 22 car train with the often noted around here "Adios" drumhead, could only be considered "unwieldly", there was still a semblance of "days past". The Zephyr was no longer "more smiles to the miles" and had become a "Coach and Food Service" operation.
Sound familiar, youngsters who "never knew it when"?
I did go to Savanna several times "on assignment" during my years with the MILW ('70-81).
Through Short Line and now CP ownership, "The D&I" has hung on post-MILW. Under CP, it's probably Class 2 and at such time the CPKC merger is approved, will likely be upgraded to Class 3 and "really dreamin'" Containers consigned to Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán will pass through Davis Jct, IL.
I'd like to think that activity today on the BNSF Aurora Sub needs no introduction. Pretty sure my three most recent autos have all ridden "Auto Train" over such (for the present one, I recall the Salesman saying to me "well it's now at Elwood (IL), so give it three days for it to get here and us to prep it.").
Sorry 'bout off topic - read it before it's killed.