Photos by Bill Linson
I took a drive to Centralia, Illinois. It’s 105 miles from my home, but my mother graduated from high school there in 1933, and I had never been there. And, the small Illinois town (pop. 13,000) was featured on a recent “Trains and Locomotives” video on the RFD-TV channel, so off I went. Historically, the town was on the Illinois Central railroad and had shops there; the shops are gone and the IC is now Canadian National, with Amtrak using it as well. In addition to that route between Chicago and Memphis, the Norfolk Southern between Louisville and St. Louis crosses the CN here, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe has a north/south line that meanders between Chicago and the southern states. In the words of a BNSF maintainer I talked with, “there’s a lot going on here.” Enjoy the photos.