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Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby Toppysager » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:05 pm

Viewing a copy of Delhorme's Indiana Atlas, I noticed two railroads running through Hoopeston, IL. One is a North/South line (CSX's heavily used ex- Chicago & Eastern Indiana) and the other seemingly an extension of the KBS from Lafayette, IN. However, I recently checked out Google Earth after considering a trip out that way only to find that the East/West line was removed West of Cheneyville, IL. I imagine this abandonment must have been fairly recent, but can anyone tell me anything specific about the line from Cheneyville-Paxton West? Any additional information about former freight service train counts, or industry would be helpful as well. Thanks!
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby chriiis » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:55 am

It's the Lake Erie and Western line from Sandusky,Oh to Peoria,Il. Further west, from Gibson City through Bloomington to Peoria is still NS. East of Lafayette, it is now the NS line though Frankfort, Muncie, Portland,IN.

One source suggests the segment between Gibson City and Cheneyville was abandoned by the NW.
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby Doktor No » Sun May 06, 2018 1:07 pm

C&EI=Chicago and Eastern Illinois. Did that trackage on a Sperry car. C&EI also had a branch from Hoopeston to a place called Cissna Park that ran westward. That crossed their Woodland to ST. Louis and the line southward towards Salem and Chaffee line. That's now the UP line ex MOPAC/C&EI. C&EI/MP also had a branch from Villa Grove over to Danville. I stood on top of the Sperry car and as far as the eye could see there wasn't one tree....just corn...acres and acres of corn....MILES of corn. And did I mention FLAT?
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby Toppysager » Sun May 06, 2018 3:14 pm

Doktor No wrote:C&EI=Chicago and Eastern Illinois. Did that trackage on a Sperry car. C&EI also had a branch from Hoopeston to a place called Cissna Park that ran westward. That crossed their Woodland to ST. Louis and the line southward towards Salem and Chaffee line. That's now the UP line ex MOPAC/C&EI. C&EI/MP also had a branch from Villa Grove over to Danville. I stood on top of the Sperry car and as far as the eye could see there wasn't one tree....just corn...acres and acres of corn....MILES of corn. And did I mention FLAT?



Duh. My bad. Thanks for the information!. Was the removal of the Cissna Park branch a recent event? I am just curious because recent maps have shown the tracks
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby Toppysager » Sun May 06, 2018 3:15 pm

chriiis wrote:It's the Lake Erie and Western line from Sandusky,Oh to Peoria,Il. Further west, from Gibson City through Bloomington to Peoria is still NS. East of Lafayette, it is now the NS line though Frankfort, Muncie, Portland,IN.

One source suggests the segment between Gibson City and Cheneyville was abandoned by the NW.



Would have been heck of a route back in the day. Thanks!
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby bn13814 » Sat May 19, 2018 2:10 am

chriiis wrote:It's the Lake Erie and Western line from Sandusky,Oh to Peoria,Il. Further west, from Gibson City through Bloomington to Peoria is still NS. East of Lafayette, it is now the NS line though Frankfort, Muncie, Portland,IN.

One source suggests the segment between Gibson City and Cheneyville was abandoned by the NW.


N&W began abandonment proceedings for the Lafayette-Gibson City segment in 1987. The Interstate Commerce Commission approved the abandonment on June 28, 1988. Local service continued through the end of the year. KB&S leased the Lafayette-Cheneyville segment from 1989 then purchased it two years later.
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby Toppysager » Mon May 21, 2018 11:07 pm

bn13814 wrote:
chriiis wrote:It's the Lake Erie and Western line from Sandusky,Oh to Peoria,Il. Further west, from Gibson City through Bloomington to Peoria is still NS. East of Lafayette, it is now the NS line though Frankfort, Muncie, Portland,IN.

One source suggests the segment between Gibson City and Cheneyville was abandoned by the NW.


Wouldn't it have been NS by then?

N&W began abandonment proceedings for the Lafayette-Gibson City segment in 1987. The Interstate Commerce Commission approved the abandonment on June 28, 1988. Local service continued through the end of the year. KB&S leased the Lafayette-Cheneyville segment from 1989 then purchased it two years later.
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Re: Abandoned line Hoopeston, IL

Unread postby bn13814 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:55 am

Toppysager wrote:
bn13814 wrote:
chriiis wrote:It's the Lake Erie and Western line from Sandusky,Oh to Peoria,Il. Further west, from Gibson City through Bloomington to Peoria is still NS. East of Lafayette, it is now the NS line though Frankfort, Muncie, Portland,IN.

One source suggests the segment between Gibson City and Cheneyville was abandoned by the NW.

Wouldn't it have been NS by then?


Not officially. Norfolk Southern Corp. was created June 1, 1982 but the Southern Railway and Norfolk & Western merged at the end of 1990.
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