(Rail) Road Trip

My wife and I just returned from a little road trip/railroad trip.  While most of the traveling was by car, we visited a major railroad yard and took a short trip on  Amtrak.  We had the good fortune to get a VIP tour of BNSF’s Galesburg Hump Yard at Galesburg Railroad Days.  The 3-hour walking tour included a walk-through of the diesel shop and a visit to the control tower.  It was tough not to salivate.  The model railroad and toy show was the largest show I’ve experienced.  Too many vendors to count.  Another highlight was walking through one of BNSF’s most modern diesel locomotives, an ES44C4 a/k/a a C4 Gevo.

Next stop, Dwight Illinois.  After a good night’s sleep, we boarded an Amtrak with my son, daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren for a 90-minute ride to Chicago, where we enjoyed some shopping, a visit to Millenneum Park, the Navy Peer, and some great Giardono’s pizza.

Meet me in St. Louis.  A visit to the downtown public library, Shaw’s garden, Ball Park Village and a Cardinal’s baseball game were the highlights of our visit.  There was also a little side trip to Ted Drew’s Frozen Custard.  We stayed at the Drury Inn across the street from Union Station.  I highly recommend them!

Here are some of the photos we captured along the way..

Galesburg Railroad Days

Inside the BNSF 8358

Inside the BNSF 8358

BNSF C4 Gevo #8358 was on display.

BNSF C4 Gevo #8358 was on display.

Steam engine that will pull the Lincoln Funeral Train

Steam engine that will pull the Lincoln Funeral Train

Cab interior BNSF 8358

Cab interior BNSF 8358

New Amtrak paint scheme Salutes our Veterans

New Amtrak paint scheme Salutes our Veterans

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Humped Rail Box car rolls past the control tower – Galesburg

Fueling Rack - Galesburg

Fueling Rack – Galesburg

Engines waiting for servicing - Galesburg

Engines waiting for servicing – Galesburg

Fueling rack -Galesburg

Fueling rack -Galesburg

Diesel shop interior - Galesburg

Diesel shop interior – Galesburg

Engines awaiting servicing.

Engines awaiting servicing.

Locomotive being serviced inside diesel shop - Galesburg

Locomotive being serviced inside diesel shop – Galesburg

BNSF 1046 inside diesel shop - Galesburg

BNSF 1046 inside diesel shop – Galesburg

Diesel shop interior

Diesel shop interior

Pit area in foreground

Pit area in foreground

BNSF locomotive inside diesel shop

BNSF locomotive inside diesel shop

Diesel shop VIP tour group

Diesel shop VIP tour group

Two workers inspect locomotive inside Galesburg diesel shop.

Two workers inspect locomotive inside Galesburg diesel shop.

Locomotive testing

Locomotive testing

Traction motors

New traction motors

Galesburg Diesel Shop

Galesburg Diesel Shop

Rail stops

Wheel stops

Galesburg Yard

Galesburg Yard

Abe Lincoln impersonator

Abe Lincoln impersonator

Blue-flagged.

Blue-flagged.

At the front cab door of BNSF 8358

At the front cab door of BNSF 8358

Mopacmike

Mike enjoys family, music, computers, photography, travel, trains and most all facets of model railroading, especially ops.

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