Good photo times: Throughout the day.
NS local works mornings M-F in the Metro East from Centralia to Belleville
to Tower Automotive in Granite City and back. It leaves Centralia about
dawn and is usually returns by late morning at the latest. Most through
freights are in the evening with a few sprinkled during the day. Weekend
sees traffic more evenly dispersed on the line throughout the day.
CN runs two trains a day, usually in the morning both going the same direction
and switch directions the next morning. Additioinally two or more Powder
River Basin UP coal trains (via trackage rights) run through every day. If
a load goes east, empties usually will return west the same day. The coal
goes to the Baldwin Power Plant via Lenzburg. Some coal may go the length
of the line to a Kentucky power plant.