Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun

Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun

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Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System Kohlberg Morning Sun
 
Illinois Central Gulf In Color Volume 1: Across the System by John P Kohlberg
Hard Cover  Morning Sun Books
128 pages
Copyright 2017
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INTRODUCTION:
Having grown up in St. Louis, Mo., right next to East St. Louis, Ill., and raised by parents from Southern Illinois, it was only a matter of time before I would be introduced to the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
ICG still had quite a presence in East St. Louis when my father took my brothers and me out "train bumming" in the early to mid-1980s. From the Hump Yard in East St. Louis, ICG had three lines "feeding" the yard. From the north was the Alton District composed of the Kansas City line and two Chicago lines. From the south was the St. Louis and Sparta districts.
Whether it was trips to see relatives or pick peaches, it all occurred in Southern Illinois. I was further exposed to ICG in Belleville, Murphysboro, Percy, Red Bud, Sparta, and Waterloo. There were also family trips to Florida with stops at Paducah and the Paducah Shops or Gulfport. Its no wonder I developed an interest in the ICG.
But it wasn't just me. It was also my brothers. We were each two years apart in age, and I was the eldest. At a young age, we would regularly visit our maternal grandparents, who resided in Red Bud. ICG had a job whose home terminal was there. As we entered town on Illinois 127, we would always look for the four locomotives and caboose right before we crossed the tracks. The crew normally left the power north of the depot, and we would stop for pictures. We all took photos of the ICG, which leads me to the Kohlberg Consortium.
The "Kohlberg Consortium" is the name I came up with to identify my two brothers and me. It started out as a joke because, when speaking about a Kohlberg, everybody thought John, Daniel, and Peter were one in the same; especially when it came to Daniel and myself. People could not believe that there were three brothers all sharing an interest in railroads, particularly the ICG. It has taken on a bit more of a serious tone in recent years as I have now used the name to identify information, images, paperwork, etc. that come from our collection.
It's funny how life turned out. Although I was born too late to work for ICG, I ended up starting my railroad career working for what had once been ICG. I was first employed by Gateway Western Railway out of their East St. Louis terminal.This was at one time known as ICG's Hump Yard at East St. Louis, and I was privileged to work the former St. Louis and Missouri divisions of ICG. I also worked in and around what had been ICG's East St. Louis Terminal, delivering cars to the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) at Madison and to the Alton & Southern at Gateway Yard. I worked at the former Slingshot and Truck-Rail-Transport (TRT) facility at Venice Yard; delivered loads of coal to Jefferson-Smurfit at Alton, III.; and spotted loads of paper at Mead Paper Company at Godfrey, Ill.
To work more consistently as a locomotive engineer, I ended up on the Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad, more commonly known as Chicago Central, out of Fort Dodge, la. When I look back on it, I don't think I realized for whom I had gone to work. Oh sure, it was the former ICG Iowa Division, but there was more to it than that. CC relied on mostly ICG equipment. Save for some secondhand GP38 and Milwaukee Road GP20, it was nothing but GP8, GP10, GP9, GP18, GP28, and a couple of SW13. Even the freight cars and cabooses were mostly former ICG. I switched the yard at Fort Dodge with air brakes because it was on a steep hill; I spotted the piggyback ramp that was still a classic circus style ramp. CC GP10 were still equipped with four channel radios - you had to go down into the nose and change out the receiver for different frequencies. I ran west to Council Bluffs and Sioux City, or east to Waterloo. I worked on "Monkey Mountain" in Omaha.
Eventually I was furloughed (laid off) at Fort Dodge and forced to Hawthorne Yard at Cicero, a suburb of Chicago. While there, I worked the east end of the old Iowa Division as well as the former IC and GM&O sides of what had once been the Chicago Division. There are so many memories: Taking loaded Commonwealth Edison coal trains to South Joliet and delivering them to the Plaines Generating Station; cabbing to Markham Yard and finding your power at Woodcrest for that night's #51 to Freeport; dog catching a grain extra at Hawthorne to be delivered to Markham and along the way seeing Belt Crossing; Ash Street; Bridgeport; 21st Street; the St. Charles Air Line, and so much more.
Those were the days!
John P. Kohlberg 2016

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