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Steam freight train on Illinois Midland Railway (editor's title)

Illinois Midland Railway tank-type steam locomotive with freight train.
Illinois Midland Railway freight train powered by its only locomotive, a saddle tank steam locomotive, on a cold winter day between Millington and Newark, Illinois. The 1.9-mile Illinois Midland connected the farming community of Newark with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad main line in Millington. It opened on Valentine's Day 1914, thanks to the efforts of promoter S.G. Durant, who fled to the south with money from stock sales immediately after the first train ran. A group of local farmers then formed a syndicate and purchased the line, which they operated and eventually sold to the Newark Farmers Grain Company. The railroad continued to haul grain, coal, and lumber until 1967, when arson destroyed a bridge on the line, prompting its closure. Trucks then took over the freight business.
Source Stuart Pearson
Coverage Spatial, between Millington and Newark, Illinois; Temporal, circa 1957
Rights Stuart Pearson
Date Created c1957
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location near Newark, Illinois
Train Type Freight train
Equipment, Locomotive Tank-type steam locomotive
Creator Description Stuart Pearson has worked as a freelance, commercial, and staff photographer for his entire career. His photographs have been published widely in both magazines and newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. Pearson received his first camera at age nine, a Kodak Baby Brownie that was a gift from his grandfather. He began taking photography classes in high school, and went onto study photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology School of Design. His current work focuses on the subtle, accessible beauty of the natural world, which he records on 4 in. x 5 in. sheet film with a Zone VI Wooden Field Camera.
Collection Stuart Pearson Collection
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