IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

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IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:56 pm

Heading to the IRM in a couple of weeks. Staying in Crystal Lake. One or two days exploring IRM, with a third day free. Suggestions regarding nearby (will have rental car but don't want to spend entire day driving) accessible junctions/diamonds (older now, so prefer suburban/rural over urban). Thanks.
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:44 pm

Rochelle's about an hour from Sleepy Hollow (about 10 miles south of Crystal Lake). Davis Junction would probably be about the same distance, but I'm not sure how accessible it is anymore. I doubt you'd see much anyway. Outside of IRM, there really aren't many densely active lines up in that area. The CN (ex- IC) line to Rockford might see a few more trains than most of the other freight lines up that way, but you're still looking at one or two movements per line, while the sun is up. Otherwise, you're going to be stuck driving south, west or east to reach anything with any sort of decent activity.

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I know everyone says go to the Chicago area to see lots of trains, but that particular part of the Chicago area just doesn't see the activity levels present to the south/southeast of the city. But don't let that stop you from enjoying your visit to IRM. I hear it's quite the place. :D
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Sun May 01, 2016 8:25 am

Rochelle! Of course. Perfect. Thanks, GLRF. And yes, IRM is quite the place. I've been previously, twice actually, but this will be the first time for my longtime railfan friend and fellow traveler.
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby Bulby » Mon May 02, 2016 4:38 pm

What dates are you planning on being at IRM?
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Mon May 02, 2016 6:43 pm

May 20 and 21.
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby Bulby » Mon May 02, 2016 9:58 pm

On the 21st the RPO should be out and running, with mail catches being made during the day. Most of the people doing the catches are retired RPO clerks.
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Tue May 03, 2016 11:17 am

Thanks for the tip, Bulby. Looking forward to seeing the RPO online.
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue May 03, 2016 11:32 am

jimnorthwood wrote:May 20 and 21.

May I recommend that on your return trip to Toledoland, see if we are still in Deshler and stop by: http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=33090
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Re: IRM Trip: Nearby (Accessible) Junctions/Diamonds?

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Tue May 03, 2016 5:12 pm

Thank you for the invite, much appreciated. I've always wanted to join one of your gatherings but scheduling has never worked out. Maybe this time :)
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