The Burlington's fantrip Mikado passes the freight station in Yorkville on a hazy June day in 1965 trailed by a nice set of heavy-weight standard cars. There is still a BNSF branch to Streator though this town but it is very different today.
Well, at least on [link] the "tenders" on that LONG train is actually gold carrying cars. LOL
And also the Demon Train from Legend Of Zelda; Spirit Tracks, the two cars the Demon Train pulls that looks like tenders at all, they AREN'T even coal tenders at all, just armored with weapons. LOLOL XD
After steam engines had been replaced by diesels the railroads started tearing down all the old water towers since they were no longer used, expensive to maintain, and just plain dangerous. Anyone who wants to run a steam excursion these days has to figure out where they are going to refuel, either coal or oil and water. Water is a big problem since it often has to be treated. I once was on an excursion where they called out the local fire department to fill the tank and it took hours. So to make life easier many engines running today have extra tanks that they fill up at night so they can run all day without worrying about the time it takes or the water quality.
Thanks! These tracks still exist but darned if I can catch a train on them. The rails show wear but it must be a 2 or 3 times a week turn to Streator on an unpredictable schedule. I'd love to take this picture today!
Yeah. I know that feeling well. We've got a railroad out here in Page, the Black Mesa and Lake Powell, but the rail crossings are pretty difficult to get to, and the trains run unscheduled, so I've never managed to get a shot of them before today.