Main Line, Buffalo to Chicago
Elkhart is located along the ex-NYC Buffalo-Chicago main line and was the home of Robert R. Young Yard, a major classifcation point. This yard (now simply called Elkhart Yard) remains a busy place today for Norfolk Southern. PC's Elkhart Branch from Jackson, Michigan, also joined the main line here.
PC E8s 4051 and 4070 with a passenger train make a station stop at the ex-NYC station in Elkhart. Today, the station is the home of the National NYC Railroad Museum. Photo from the collection of Stephen Foster.
A ratty pair of ex-PRR E8s bring a passenger train across the diamond and into the station at Lima in 1969. Notice that between this picture and the proceeding one that the signal has been replaced and relocated. Photo by David Oroszi, image restoration by David Oroszi and Todd Novak.
At the Route 23 crossing in Streator, U33B 2922 and GP40 3142 bring a 69 car steel train through town. The train is on the ex-NYC Kankakee Branch, which ran between South Bend, Indiana, and Zearing, Illinois. While the line was marketed as the "Kankakee Belt" route to connect with western railroads and avoid the congestion of the Chicago area, most of the traffic on this line went to and from the J&L Steel plant at Hennepin, Illinois. Photo by Dennis Bydash.