Kankakee, Beaverville, and Southern

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Kankakee, Beaverville, and Southern Railroad History

This railroad was founded in 1977 when Fey Orr bought up 25 miles of trackage from Conrail that was set to be abandoned. In 1981, 80 more miles of ex-New York Central and Milwaukee Road trackage was bought. In 1991, the KBSR bought more track set to be abandoned. Totaling up to its current length of 155 miles of track. The railroad originally ran old ALCO locomotives, but now rosters EMD GP38-2Ms. See the full current roster below. The railroad has a shop just north of Donovan, Illinois.

Junctions/Interchanges

Ambia, IN (Handy Junct.) This is where the KB&S interchanges with the Bee Line Railroad.

Kankakee, IL Here, the KB&S terminates into the Canadian National Chicago Subdivision, which allows access to Norfolk Southern as well.

St. Anne, IL At St. Anne, the KB&S has a interchange with and diamond over the Union Pacific Villa Grove Subdivision.

Danville, IL Danville provides the KB&S with direct access to the Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation.

Lafayette, IN At the south-eastern edge of KB&S, this provides access to both NS and CSX like Danville.

Sheldon, IL Sheldon is home to a diamond and interchange with the Toledo, Peoria & Western railroad.

Webster, IN Another interchange with the TP&W is found in Webster, Indiana.

KBSR Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
FS Grain St Anne, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Jointly served with UP.
Heritage FS Beaverville, IL Propane Tank Cars
Donovan Farmers Co-Op Elevator Donovan, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Donovan Farmers Co-Op Fertilizer Donovan, IL Fertilizer Tank Cars
Donovan Farmers Co-Op, Hooper Hooper, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Donovan Farmers Co-Op, Iroquois Iroquois, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Northeastern Illinois Railway Services Iroquois, IL Railcar Repair Various
Kentland Elevator & Supply Sheldon, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Suiter Farms Grain Raub, IN Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
KBSR Railcar Repair Earl Park, IN Railcar Repair Hoppers Unsure if this is an active customer?
Tate & Lyle, Fowler Freeland Park, IN Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Helena Chemical Fowler, IN Nitrogen Tank Cars
ADM Swanington Swanington, IN Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Ceres Solutions Templeton, IN Agronomy Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers Inactive?
Otterbein Transload Otterbein, IN Transload Terminal Hoppers
Montmorenci Elevator Montmorenci, IN Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers Inactive?
Drug Plastics & Glass Oxford, IN Plastic Container Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Boswell Chase Grain Boswell, IN Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Talbot Elevator Talbot, IN Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Stewart Grain Stewart, IN Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Senesac Ambia, IN Fertilizer Tank Cars
Nutrien Ag Solutions Cheneyville, IL Fertilizer Tank Cars
Heaton Elevator Heaton, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Stockland Grain Greer, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Stockland Grain Stockland, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers
Wagner Products Cutmer, IL Seed Supplier Covered Hoppers
Tate & Lyle, Darrow Darrow, IL Agriculture Elevator Covered Hoppers

KBSR Active Locomotive Roster

  • The railroad named each of their engines after employees.
  • Locomotive maintenance is conducted at the road shops at Iroquois Junction.
Number Model Built History Notes
KBSR 701 GP38M-2 1965 Ex-CNW 5521/CR 3032/PC 3032/NYC 3032. Named "Paul."
KBSR 702 GP38M-2 1965 Ex-CNW 5525/CR 3036/PC 3036/NYC 3036. Named "Dale."
KBSR 703 GP38M-2 1965 Ex-CNW 5534/CR 3046/PC 3046/NYC 3046. Named "Doug."
KBSR 704 GP38M-2 1965 Ex-CNW 5537/CR 3049/PC 3049/NYC 3049. Named "Larry."
KBSR 705 GP38M-2 1965 Ex-CNW 5518/CR 3029/PC 3029/NYC 3029. Named "Neil."
KBSR 706 GP38M-2 1965 Ex-CNW 5516/CR 3027/PC 3027/NYC 3027. Named "Tyler."

KBSR Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
KBSR 402 Snow Plow 1959 Ex-TPW 402. Former RS11. Former Slug. Rebuilt as a snow plow for the KBSR. Stored in Beaverville, IL.
KBSR 469 Snow Plow 19?? Ex-MILW Wedge Plow Tender. Stored in Iroquois.
KBSR 548 Caboose 1956 Ex-EJ&E 548. Stored in Iroquois.

KBSR Retired/Former Locomotive Roster

Number Model Built History Notes
KBSR 301 RS11 1958 Ex-NKP 569. Scrapped in 2004
KBSR 308 RS3 1955 Ex-WC 308/GBW 308. Preserved at the Monticello Railway Museum.
KBSR 309 RS11 1956 Ex-GBW 309. Wrecked in 1999, parted, then scrapped in 2004.
KBSR 312 RS11 1956 Ex-NW 312. Sold to Vintage Locomotives in June 2004. Current status unknown.
KBSR 315 C420 1966 Ex-LN 1310. Sold to Vintage Locomotives in June 2004. Stored in Oak Ridge, TN.
KBSR 318 RS11 1960 Ex-BN 4193/NP 913. Scrapped in 2004.
KBSR 321 RS11 1956 Ex-NW 321. Sold to General Railroad Services, now in Darrow, IL. Possibly scrapped?
KBSR 324 RS11 1959 Ex-MCTA 1100/MIS 1100/CWR 63/SP 2935/SP 5870. Sold to the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad. Now a parts unit.
KBSR 402 Slug 1959 Ex-TPW 402. Former RS11. Rebuilt as a snow plow for the KBSR. Stored in Beaverville, IL.
KBSR 4101 S2 1949 Ex-TRRA 570 . Disposition unknown.



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