Remember the Peoria & Pekin Union Railway?
On August 20, 2003 I caught this P&PU Extra Switcher enroute to Cargill Fertilizer Co. with 15 potash loads. It was led by SC15A-3 802, built by Peoria Locomotive Works as demonstrator unit PL-1500.
Change came soon: Cargill Fertilizer Co., located in the Pekin Bottoms, merged with IMC Global on October 25, 2004 to create Mosaic Crop Nutrition LLC. On November 1 that year, Genesee & Wyoming Inc’s newly-created Tazewell & Peoria Railroad Inc. began a 20-year lease of the Peoria & Pekin Union Railway.
But 802 is still in the area, working at Alter Metal Recycling Co.’s recently-acquired Behr Iron & Metal facility at 2424 W. Clarke Street in Peoria.
– David P. Jordan