TP&W Ethanol/Manifest, Saturday, March 25, 2017

When I see an eastbound TP&W freight ready to depart East Peoria, I don’t wait for blue skies.

There weren’t any such skies Saturday, but this train was too neat to pass up. I had just left the downtown library and decided to check for the possibility of another TP&W ethanol train.

Wouldn’t you know it, I found the head end of the 109-car train well past Carver Lane. As soon as I arrived, it began moving. So I turned around and headed for my favorite first spot to catch eastbounds out of East Peoria: Farmdale Trestle.

I chased it to Secor. I had to give up on one or two locations due to rain or drops on my camera lens, but I’m happy with what I got. Other scenes of this eight-and-one-half minute video were taken in Washington (two locations), Cruger, Eureka (whole train) and Secor, where you can see the entire train in one shot!

The first 27 cars were carload freight blocked onto the head end of an 82-car ethanol train bound for CSX Transportation in Lafayette, Indiana (destination is in Florida). This number includes a buffer car on either end. The BNSF covered hopper might be loaded with ingredients for a birdseed plant in Reynolds, Indiana (contents are transloaded at the Co-Alliance elevator in Remington then trucked the final leg). Fourteen green Incobrasa covered hoppers are likely loaded with soybeans, while eight empty limestone hoppers are heading back to Rogers Group/Newton County Stone Co. at Perkins, Indiana. Other cars are for CN at Gilman and CSX at Lafayette, Indiana.

– David P. Jordan

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