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Railroads:  CN, NS,MetroLink

NS 8-10/day
CN 4-6/day
MetroLink constant (Click here for schedule.)

Radio Frequencies:
CN: 160.920(54)
NS: 160.950(56)

Personal Safety:  Good

Local Police/RR Police:  Belleville PD, RR n/a

Food:  Many locations.
Try Sullivans Bar on Illinois St (IL 159).  It's beer garden is about 25 feet from the NS tracks.

Other Information

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.

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