Chicago & Eastern Illinois GP7 #209 - on a freight
at Chicago, Illinois, October, 1966. Though the C&EI
black and white proclaims the road as a seperate entity
here, it won't be long before the MoPac subsidiary will
see her units being integrated into the MP roster. #209
will become C&EI #74 on the expanded roster before being
sold by MoPac to L&N as thier #393. - photo © 1966,
1996 by Jerry
of the Missouri Pacific system continued in a big way in 1967
with the addition of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad.
The aquistion of the C&EI gave Mopac direct access to Chicago
from theWest and Southwest. The C&EI also provided a direct
line between the major Chicago and St. Louis terminals.
As part of
the purchase agreement, the C&EI itself was divided between
the Missouri Pacific and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
C&EI's Evansville line was sold to the L&N, though C&EI
reatained joint ownership and shared use of the Chicago to Woodland
Jct. line. Other assets such as locomotives were also split between
the MP and L&N. Units that were no sooner being renumbered
for the MoPac roster found themselves going to the L&N system.
C&EI GP7 #226 - is in original C&EI paint
but notice the C&EI buzzsaw applied to the cab. The
C&EI had their own version of the buzzsaw logo while
the company retained its own identity early into its merger
with MoPac. The unit, still in it's original number,
will be renumbered into the MP system as C&EI #91, but
will not last long enough to see C&EI fully merged;
April 1967. - George
began a rebuilding program on the C&EI almost as soon as it
took control of the road in 1967. New shops, yard and terminal
expansions, upgrading to heavier weld-rail, CTC installation,
bridge rebuilding, and purchases for both new motive power and
freight cars. Rebuilding of the systems routes took seven years.
along with the Texas & Pacifc, were formally merged into the
MoPac railroad on October 15, 1976. This merger completed MoPac's
major goals of assembling all of its component railroads into
one 12,000-mile rail system (source-MPL Freight Train Services
& Equipment, P. Dorin)
C&EI 2559 - This unit
was one of the C&EI GP35's to get the 'de-turboed'
treatment - Photographer and location unknown/Jay
Glenewinkel Collection. If you know
who the photographer is, please tell Jay
| In this map of Illinois,
the Chicago Sub is shown in red, the Pana Sub in green and
the Evansville Division in blue. Click for larger image.
Heights Terminal Transfer (CHTT)
Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer has been and remains today as
the switching road in south suburban Chicago Heights. C&EI and
the Kilgallen family were the owners. and it's believed that the
family still holds an interest in the comapny, which is why the
name still exists.
was an interesting operation that from overhead looked just like
a giant model railroad. It made a complete oval. You could actually
start from point A and head west and return to point A coming
back in from the east. I worked on it quite a bit. There were
and still are numerous industries along the line including the
still very active Ford Motor Company Chicago Heights Stamping
a two stall roundhouse that was active and in use until the early
80's. A fuel track was also located there and a Machinist was
stationed there five afternoons per week until 1981 when the job
was abolished and he transferred to Yard Center Diesel.
The CHTT which
was also referred to as the "Hack Line." (thanks to 'Tuch'
Santucci's Chicago Sub of the MoPac