Take a complete tour of the GM&O from these aerial films shot by a railfan riding shotgun in a helicopter!
Our intrepid railfan grabbed his movie camera and headed out for a day foaming the GM&O along U.S. Route 66. Working between Lincoln and Springfield he caught several GM&O freights plying the line between Elkhart and the Sangamon River! All videos on this page are in .mov format and should be viewable by most viewer softwre.
|First up is GM&O #33, led by a four-unit lash-up of brand new GP-38's. 33 is making its way southward toward Elkhart and ultimately for its morning call at Ridgely Yard in Springfield.||Train #33 was moving slow enough to allow us to catch up with the train in the cut just north of the Sangamon River bridge near Sherman, Illinois.|
|We decided to hang out here after we noticed the northbound signal clear up a few minutes after #33 went past and were surprised to find #94 on its way to Chicago from Kansas City. #94 left K.C. the previous evening at 7:00 p.m. and made connections at Roodhouse to set off cars for St. Louis. #94 is considered a hot manifest freight and is rarely delayed but today is an exception!||After #94 rolled by the signal cleared up again and soon a lash-up of classic GM&O F-units clattered across the Sangamon River Bridge with a one-car train. We weren't able to identify this train. No flags were displayed so this train may have been #92 the second Kansas City - Chicago freight.|
|#92 was such an interesting little train, which really surprised us that it wasn't annulled with only one car. Whatever is in that tanker must be a high-priority shipment to merit paying a crew to move one car over the division! Apparently truck drivers must have railfans in their realms as the drives of a Consolidated Freightways and an ICX truck both stopped to witness the passage of #92...|