Metro Peoria (incl. East Peoria and Pekin) is served by nine common carrier railroads - BNSF, CN, IMRR, IAIS, NS, PPU, PRY, TPW and UP.
You can see P&PU switch engines working Pekin and the south end of Peoria during the morning and early afternoon while ADM and the IAIS interchange in North Peoria get serviced about two or three times per day combined. AM and PM yard engines work P&PU's East Peoria Yard.
TP&W's Galesburg Job heads west after 0500 hours Mo-We-Fr returning from early to late afternoon or even into the evening hours depending on the amount of time spent waiting at the BNSF yard in Galesburg. Road trains operating between East Peoria and the Hoosierlift run on an alternate-day schedule during the nighttime hours. Westbounds arrive EP between 0600 and late AM Mo-We-Fr and eastbounds depart EP between 2200 and midnight Mo-We-Fr. Locals are called at East Peoria regularly and run almost daily during the grain rush and at times during the winter months. The TP&W runs a Kolbe Job from EP to Mapleton on Saturday or Sunday returning on Friday. During the week it works only between Mapleton and Collier's Yard at Bartonville. AM and PM switchers work in Morton, East Peoria and Peoria and also the UP and P&PU interchanges.
West End is dormant.
Union Pacific's Peoria Sub sees an average of seven trains per day but this may go up to as many as ten some days. Manifest MCLPE arrives Peoria mornings Su-Tu-Th and counterpart MPECL departs Mo-We-Fr. Daily manifests MPRPB and MASPR ply the line as well. Frequent coal trains can be seen at any time. Loaded trains are for AmerenCILCO's E. D. Edwards Station located south of Bartonville. About two coal trains per day are delivered to IMRR at Crescent (yard adjacent Midwest Generation's Powerton Station). Unit potash, salt and grain trains appear as well, with more grain trains. The local wayfreight, LPD01, goes on duty at 1700 hours Su thru Thc to support MCLPE and MPECL. During mid-December to mid-March feed pellet traffic requires two shifts for wayfreight and six-days-a-week operation each by MCLPE and MPECL.
CN and BNSF exchange frequent grain extras that run between Iowa grain elevators and A. E. Staley Mfg. in Decatur. A weekly coal train is also interchangfe between the two roads on P&PU. A gluten feed pellet train has been running since June from Decatur on the CN to BNSF (via P&PU) at Peoria - destination is Summerfield, Texas. BNSF also runs occasional grain and potash extras. a few coal trains are interchanged to IMRR each week destined for Havana.
CN's Peoria Local runs seven days per week, sometimes handling the frequent grain and coal extras in place of or combined with the regular local and manifest traffic. A weekly coal train is interchanged (via P&PU) to IAIS (for ADM at Cedar Rapids).
IMRR runs coal trains between UP at Crescent, Havana and Kincaid and delivers them to Powerton Station as a switch move for UP. AM and PM Powerton Switchers work local industries. A North Local may appear at any time with chop-nose SD18's #60 and #61 for power.
The PRY (Pioneer Industrial Railway) operates the city-owned Kellar Branch/Peoria, Peoria Heights & Western as needed with the crew working either morning or afternoon depending on what business they have and when. Alco RS-3M #102 has been used for power off and on are two former CN switchers. office is by O'Brien Steel on Caroline and NW Adams Streets.
The IAIS runs its BUSW (BUreau SWitcher) to Peoria as needed usually less than daily but it generally goes on duty about 0600-0700 and reaches Peoria by late AM. May handle coal train from CN.
NOTE: P&PU will disappear as soon as October 31 when Genesee & Wyoming Industries' subsidiary "Tazewell & Peoria Railroad, Inc." assumes operation under a lease agreement with P&PU's owners - CN, NS, PRR and UP.
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