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Alton
Divernon
Marion

Alton
There are two WRRS wigwags in service in Alton. Both are located on
Illinois Street, but at different crossings. Illinois St. (near Broadway) is shaped
like a "U", so it doubles back and crosses the tracks again. See map.
This is the former GM&O route, now owned by UPRR.

East Illinois Street

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East Illinois St.


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Close-up of East Illinois St.

Randy Allard gives us more info:

"Checked on two wig wags left in my area the other night. Alton Illinois
there are two still standing. The line in question is the UP branch to serve ConAgra in
downtown. Currently my information is they run three times a week to switch and
its between 11:00pm and 3:00am, will let you know if anything changes and
may have to pay off train crew to pose for a night shot..."

Illinois Street

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 According to the map , this runs parralell to the NYC line.



Divernon
(These wigwags were retired around 2004)
South of Springfield, just off I-55 is Divernon. Randy sends us some photos of the two WRRS lower quadrant wigwags that still survive. For a street map of Divernon, click here.
This is CN territory, formerly IC.

South Street

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Kenney Street

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Above photos by Randy Allard (10/00), (12/00)



Marion
Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad
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Photo by Randy Allard (2001)

 
A very unique wigwag is in service at the Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad in Marion, Illinois. It is located at the North Fourth Street crossing. This is a WRRS wigwag on a very modern cantilever that also sports a set of flashers and a 2 color light signal. Also note the interesting rock guard. According to Randy Allard, this signal has been moved at least once and may be moved again. He also mentions that several other types of antique signals are in use on this line.
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Left photo by Randy Allard/right photo Brian Wise (2001)


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