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Date: 07/29/20 10:27
Wig-Wag Wednesday 1988 Chicago Central (ex-IC) Winnebago, ILL
Author: MWBaker

Working Wig-Wag near Winnebago, IL along the former Illinois Central, protects a rural grade crossing as an EB Chicago Central & Pacific train flies past.

Frustratingly short snippet as two "mentor" railfans and I, all from Dixon, IL were chasing this train from Freeport, and we got here just in time.

The IC had pulled up the Charter (or "Gruber") Line through our hometown just 3 years before and while only the C&NW had wig wags down home, seeing these Geeps (esp the high nose units) brought my childhood back to me.

Now its been over 30 years and all my CC&P footage is cherished. I only wish I'd borrowed my fathers camcorder as early as '84 or '85 to catch the Freeport-Mendota turn...

 

Mark Baker
La Salle, IL
A Place By The Tracks



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/29/20 10:55 by MWBaker.

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Date: 07/29/20 11:00
Re: Wig-Wag Wednesday 1988 Chicago Central (ex-IC) Winnebago, ILL
Author: UP951West

V. GOOD action with CC , IC  horn and wigwag ! Thanks for sharing . 



Date: 07/29/20 20:34
Re: Wig-Wag Wednesday 1988 Chicago Central (ex-IC) Winnebago, ILL
Author: ntharalson

Nice stuff, thanks for posting.  

Thre was another wig wag east of Peosta that lasted into the CC era.  I don't know when it vanished but I got some interesting stuff there.  

Nick Tharalson,
Marion, IA



Date: 07/30/20 04:44
Re: Wig-Wag Wednesday 1988 Chicago Central (ex-IC) Winnebago, ILL
Author: mp51w

My one and only Milwaukee Road shot, going Northbound through Rochelle.




Date: 07/30/20 08:25
Re: Wig-Wag Wednesday 1988 Chicago Central (ex-IC) Winnebago, ILL
Author: MWBaker

Hi Nick. Seeing this wig-wag in my late 20's was the first one since growing up in Dixon and the pair on the C&NW at the depot. They lasted well into the 1970's and if I recall the story, sets of  "modern"  flashers and gates were inside the depot waiting to get installed and in the meantime the railroad was being fined (daily?) for not upgrading the grade crossing.

Mark Baker
La Salle, IL
A Place By The Tracks



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