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THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RR.

Riding a portion of the Illinois Central's "Mainline of Mid-America" is truly one of the highlights at Mendota's Railroad Crossing Days in June. A nice stretch of track still remains in Mendota along with a siding and the old Illinois Central Freight hse built in 1854. A portion of the old Union Depot is still standing, built in 1887, and is home to the Railroad museum and Amtrak station.
  There is alot of history to be told of them old rails!

Matt Phalen at the throttle on the Charter Line.
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We call this ride the Gandy Dancer's Express

Looking straight south on the old ICRR
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Matt Phalen eases on the throttle at the crossing

Len gives the signal to proceed
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Come and ride the historic IC in June at Mendota

Looking North on the Main Line of Mid America
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Photos on page by Ray Tutaj Jr.

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