Illinois Railway

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Illinois Railway Overview

  • The Illinois Railway (formerly Illinois Railnet) is a shortline railroad founded in 1997, operating four lines in northern Illinois.
  • It operates 113 miles of former BNSF trackage.
  • It is owned by OmniTRAX.
  • Illinois Railway (IR) is located within the “Sand Capital of the World”.
  • Peru Industrial Railroad is operated as a part of the Illinois Railway's LaSalle Branch.

Illinois Railway Locomotives

  • PIR uses Illinois Railway LaSalle Branch power.
Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
HBRY 5006 SD50 1984 Ex-UP 9840/UP 5039/MP 5039. Assigned to the LaSalle Branch.
HBRY 5009 SD50 1985 Ex-NREX 5087/UP 5087/CNW 7027. Assigned to the LaSalle Branch.
HBRY 5001 SD50 1985 Ex-NREX 5094/UP 5094/CNW 7034. Assigned to the Oregon Branch.
HBRY 5008 SD50 1985 Ex-NREX 5078/UP 5078/CNW 7018. Assigned to the Oregon Branch.
OMLX 916 GP38-3 1970 Ex-HLCX 916/KCS 916/UP 916/CSX 2104/BO 4804. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
OMLX 1019 GP38-3 1970 Ex-HLCX 1019/UP 1019/CSX 6785/SBD 6785/SCL 1631. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
OMLX 2525 GP38-3 1966 Ex-HLCX 2525/KCS 2525/UP 2525/NS 1331/NW 1331. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
GMTX 2698 GP38-2 19?? Ex-?? Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
HLCX 6296 SD40-2 1978 Ex-BN 7085. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
OMLX 7193 SD40-2 1979 Ex-HLCX 7193/BN 7193. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
OMLX 7233 SD40-2 1980 Ex-HLCX 7233/BN 7233. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
OMLX 8163 SD40-2 1980 Ex-HLCX 8163/BNSF 8163/BN 8163. Assigned to the Ottawa Branch.
IR 3500 GP35 1965 Ex-SP 6619/SP 7722. Assigned to the Rockford Branch.

IR LaSalle Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • BNSF in Zearing, Illinois.
Customer Location Company Type Railcar Type Notes
Northern White Sand Peru Sand Products Covered Hoppers
US Silica Peru Sand Products Covered Hoppers
James Hardie Building Products Peru Building Products Centerbeam Flatcars/Boxcars
Canam Steel Peru Steel Products Steel Coil Cars
Western Sand & Gravel Spring Valley Aggregate Supplier Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Flint Hills Resources Peru Chemical Manufacturer Tank Cars
ADM Peru Grain and Fertilizer Terminal Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Quality Liquid Feed Peru Liquid Feed Supplements Tank Cars Active shipper?

IR Oregon Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • BNSF in Oregon, Illinois.
Customer Location Company Type Railcar Type Notes
Unimin Corporation West Oregon Sand Products Covered Hoppers
HA International West Oregon Sand Products Covered Hoppers
Mt. Morris Business Park Mt. Morris Warehouse Boxcars Active shipper? Formerly Quad/Graphics.

IR Ottawa Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • BNSF in Eola, Illinois.
  • CSX in Ottawa, Illinois.
  • NS in Streator, Illinois.
Customer Location Company Type Railcar Type Notes
Hixson Lumber Sales Streator Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars Active shipper?
U.S. Silica Company Ottawa Sand Products Covered Hoppers
Pilkington Naplate Glass Manufacturer Covered Hoppers Served by IR?
Wedron Silica Compan Wedron Sand Products Covered Hoppers
Black Lab Corporation Serena Sand and Gravel Products Covered Hoppers

IR Rockford Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • CN, CP and UP in Rockford, Illinois.
  • CP in Davis Junction, Illinois.
  • BNSF in Flagg Center, Illinois.
Customer Location Company Type Railcar Type Notes
Campbell Science Rockford Chemical Company Tank Cars Active shipper?
Behr Iron & Metal Rockford Scrapyard Gondolas
Ring Container Technologies Rockford Plastic Container Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Parkside Warehouse Rockford Warehouse Boxcars
Watco Terminal & Port Services Rockford Lumber Transload Centerbeam Flatcars/Boxcars





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