Illinois Terminal

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Illinois Terminal

Postby MR77100 » Fri Mar 12, 2004 3:09 am

I know the Illinois Terminal de-electrified in 1958, and was absorbed by the N&W in 1982. What pieces of the IT remain? I know there is still some in Decatur. How many of the IT's interurbans been preserved?
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Illinois Terminal

Postby CarterB » Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:51 am

The Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Il has quite a collection of IT electric equipment. www.irm.com
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Postby CarterB » Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:45 pm

Does anyone know the date that the IT was cut back from Danville to De Long? IIRC it was because of a bridge washout?
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Postby MR77100 » Fri May 14, 2004 3:57 pm

The IT was cut back to Delong in 1952. The cars stopped at Ogden, and turned on the wye, and ran in reverse to Delong because there was no wye in Delong. The wires were torn down in 1955, and the tracks were cut back to Urbana in April, 1961. The IT kept the tracks in place to serve a grain elevator at Delong and the MP interchange at Glover. They used trackage rights on the P&E. Did these segements of track at Delong and Glover survive until 1996, when the P&E was torn up?
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Postby CarterB » Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:23 pm

Is there anything left of the IT trackage in/around Champaign? Anything visible at Neil St.?
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Postby MR77100 » Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:29 pm

Having been a student at U of I for the last 2 1/2 years, I can say there is nothing left of the IT in Champaign/Urbana. In 1937, the IT moved, wires and all, over the IC from IL 10 east to State St. From there, they ran on Wabash track all the way across the IC New Orleans main to the east side of Urbana. BTW, is the one track in Decatur on the south side of the NS main the old IT?
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Postby CarterB » Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:09 pm

At Neil St. there used to be an IT station near where the P&E terminal is/was. Also they had a small yard there. Anything still visible in that area?
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Postby MR77100 » Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:34 pm

Are there any block signals still standing anywhere along the IT system?
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Postby CarterB » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:10 am

CarterB wrote:Does anyone know the date that the IT was cut back from Danville to De Long? IIRC it was because of a bridge washout?

Anyone know why IT cut back from Danville to DeLong? I had heard a bridge washout on Salt Fork Bridge?
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Postby MR77100 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:29 am

April, 1952 I believe.
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Re: Illinois Terminal

Postby CarterB » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:04 pm

MR77100 wrote:April, 1952 I believe.

Yes, but why the cutback?
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