Busy Railroading in Southern Illinois
By Stanley A. Chagnon.
Softcover, 218 glossy pages, 8x10.5", b/w photos throughout, index. 2002.
"A small rural area with eight railroads, high density of rail lines, trains of all types. All this contained in a triangle formed by three communities, each with multiple junctions, aged depots, and frequent trains. Major yards, long freights, helper districts, cabooses galore. Traffic including an engine rebuilding plant, coal mines, auto interlockers.
"Changnon's collection of photos transport us to the prairies of central Illinois for glimpses into the history of the 19th century through the heavily trafficked lens of the 20th. Chicago and North Western (CNW, Illinois Central Gulf (ICG), Chicago & Eastern Illinois (C&EI), Chessie System (CSX), MoPac (Missouri Pacific), M&I (Missouri & Illinois), Louisville and Nashville (L&N, Family Lines), Norfolk and Western (N&W), Amtrak (ATK)."