Homewood, Illinois is located at the southern end of Illinois Central's Markham Yard. Here, two IC SD40-2's, spliced by a leased EMD SD45, have just brought up a string of covered hoppers from the south.
1959: Illinois Central's southbound City of New Orleans passenger train crossing Lake Ponchatoula, near the end of its 921-mile trip from Chicago, as a local fisherman looks on. The cypress swamp of Lake Ponchatoula was a significant barrier to land transportation between New Orleans and the north until Illinois Central predecessor New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad completed its line in 1854.
Chartered by Congress on July 2, 1864, the Northern Pacific (NP) Railway Company was created to connect the Great Lakes with Puget Sound. The intent was to open new lands for farming, ranching, logging, lumber milling and mining..