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Roger Kujawa shared two images with the comment: "Peoria Decatur and Evansville then the Illinois Central and now What is left, the Canadian National."
Bill Edrington The optimistically-named "Chicago Division" was the former narrow-gauge Danville, Olney & Ohio River Railroad. It was briefly under PD&E ownership; then became part of the Indiana, Decatur & Western, a forerunner of what eventually became the B&O's line between Indianapolis, Decatur and Springfield. Eventually it was broken up into three shortlines: the Kansas & Sidell; the Westfield Railroad; and the Yale Short Line. All were subsequently abandoned. It was surely one of Illinois' most obscure little hard-luck railroads.
Roger Kujawa posted
This is interesting as it shows the future Yale Shortline, the Westfield, and the Kansas and Sidell railroads. I did not know it was originally part of the PD&E.
From a PD&E history, we learn the disposition of the route:
In 1976, the New Harmony branch was taken up. Six years later, another part just a few miles southeast of Mattoon was scrapped. The remaining portion of the line from Mattoon to Evansville would be sold off in chunks by 1990, with most of it being abandoned by 1999.In 2000, Indiana Southwestern Railway company assumed control of the segment from Poseyville, IN, to Evansville. On December 27, 2011, they abandoned all but 3.8 miles in Evansville, IN.
The Mattoon to Peoria segment would remain with the Illinois Central, until the Illinois Central itself was merged into the Canadian National Railway in 1999. In 2004, Canadian National sold its interest in the Peoria and Pekin Union. However, the rest of the old PD&E line is still operated by them. Occasionally still being referred to by crews as "the old PD&E".
In 2005, Ed Bailey planned to build an ethanol plant in Grayville, IL, and rebuild the route as the Browns, Grayville, and Poseyville RR including rebuilding the Wabash river span. The railroad would give his ethanol plant access to the Norfolk Southern in Browns, IL, and the CSX in Evansville, IN. But he evidently under estimated the cost of fixing the bridge because this plan never came to fruition.
Update: two other interesting references are: IC oriented, Evansville oriented.
|Roger Kujawa posted|
PD&E - IC - CN
Notice steel rail note verses iron rail or wood rail with iron straps on top.
And the PD&E must have bought the Decatur, Sullivan & Mattoon.
|Kent Frantz posted|
It’s the former IC and now CN but I’ve not heard it called Decatur, Sullivan & Mattoon railroad before ?
Located in Bethany .IL. circa 1875
Don Wagoner I knew the whole thing as Peoria district. Don't know if it was built in pieces like many were.
Kevin A Erb https://www.newspapers.com/.../decatur_weekly_republican/
Bob Bundren may have been during a short lived reincorporation that occured at the same time the map was made.
Jim Pearson caught a couple of locomotives in the Harwood Yard and provided an extensive comment.
Its bridge across the Wabash River has not only lost some spans, there is now a sandbar under the swing span.