Mainlines and Shortlines in Illinois and Iowa in 2010
by Michael D Harding
In the year 2010 I was introduced to Midwestern Railroading by several friends and over the course of four trips to Illinois and Iowa I compiled the pictures found in these pages. Good weather and good luck allowed chases of the Rock Island heritage unit on Iowa Interstate and trains on former IC&E lines down the Mississippi and across Illinois. Amtrak on the Mendota Sub, UP on the former C&NW and BNSF through Rochelle and down to Galesburg rounded out my first year of exposure to the region. The following pages are filled with the best memories of those trips.