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M ike Schafer

On a snowless day in February o f 1967, Illinois Central train WC -2 (No. 78, Waterloo, Iowa, to Chicago) a pproaches Rockford, III., b ehind a GP9-

GP40-GP40 -GP9 p ower brigade. IC b egan r epainting the b lack diesels later t hat y ear-a task still n ot c omplete in 1985.

The Illinois Central Gull Iowa Division Part I
This Granger line links the Great Lakes with the Missouri River
he c ontemporary I llinois C entral G ulf r ailroad d isplays s everal d ifferent f aces , a nd t he o ne m ost o ften t hought o f i s t he C hicagoGulf o f Mexico m ainline c arrier. I mages o f e xpedient f reight t rains a nd f aster p assenger t rains c ome t o m ind, z ipping u p a nd d own t he "Main L ine o f M id-America ."
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T his i s c ertainly w hat t he " real" ICG ( or, i f y ou p refer, t he I llinois C entralas i t w as b efore t he G ulf , Mobile & O hio m erger o f 1 972) i s a ll a bout. T here i s ,

h owever , a q uiet a nd l argely f orgotten f ace o f t he ICG w hich d eserves a ttention. I t's a lso a f ine s ubject f or t he r ailroad m odeler. I llinois C entral G ulfs I owa D ivision, r unning w est f rom C hicago, a cross n orthern I llinois a nd c entral I owa t o t he M issouri R iver , i s t he f orgotten f ace. E xcept f or a r elatively s hort b ut

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