Along the RoW: Egyptian Line

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    railohio Active Member

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    Along the Right-of-Way:
    New York Central "Egyptian Line"
    by Brian Schmidt

    Part of the Western Division, New York Central's "Egyptian Line" line extended from Chicago to Cairo, Illinois. Once a busy mainline, the route was downgraded by Penn Central and Conrail in the last half of the century. Deemed surplus by Conrail the line was sold in the mid-1990s to Norfolk Southern who intended to use it for coal and grain traffic but has let the line languish since its purchase without a wheel turning. Luckily for rail historians much of the line is still intact. Portions of it in western Indiana are operated by the Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern during the harvest season. The rest of the line is railbanked and could conceivably be returned to service with little work. I made a trek across Indiana in the summer of 2003 and stumbled across the line by accident. I took a few photos at the time but I intend on making a return visit this winter when the line will be a little more open for exploration. Here's a sampling of what I found!
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    Signals still stand at an Indiana state highway grade crossing north of Danville, Illinois.

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    Adjacent to the crossing the rails reveal their past.

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    A rusted relay case protects signals along the line.

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    At Handy, near Talbot, Indiana the tower that guarded the crossing of the former Nickel Plate line to Peoria still stands watch.

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    Manual controls for the automatic interlocking at Handy look like many that are still in service.

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    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Very Nice Photo's Brian :wave: :wave: :thumb: :thumb: