Throughout the rest of the C&IM’s history it had an up and down profit margin. In the 1960s the bottom fell out on high-sulfur, bituminous coal (due to the passage of the Clean Air Act and before technology was available to remove particulates emitted by high-sulfur coal, which is now once again popular), which is primarily what the C&IM hauled out of Illinois thus significantly affecting the railroad’s earnings. While the railroad was attempting to be sold by Commonwealth
Edison during this time for a mere dollar!, it made an about face and
retained ownership of its railroad after demand for the Powder River
Basin’s clean burning coal (located in Wyoming) skyrocketed. Thus, through interchange with western carrier like the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy the C&IM again had an important reason for being in business.
|C&IM SW1200 #23 pulls a cut of cars through the Springfield yard on August 15, 1965.|
While the railroad did relatively well for the next 20 years or so,
interestingly it was the deregulation of the railroad industry that
brought about the railroad’s eventual sale by Commonwealth Edison. Now
that railroads could set their own rates for the movement of freight
traffic the C&IM’s parent found it cheaper to simply contract out
coal movements with other nearby railroads rather than move the black
diamonds itself using its own railroad. So, in late 1987 the railroad was sold to private investors
and then in 1996 the C&IM was acquired by the Genesee & Wyoming,
which added it to its portfolio of railroads through the purchase. Not long after the G&W’s acquisition it renamed the company the Illinois & Midland Railroad (IMRR or I&M).
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Diesel Locomotive Roster
Steam Locomotive Roster
|B-1, C-1, D-1, F-1 Through F-3||Consolidation||2-8-0|
|D-2 Through D-4||Switcher||0-8-0|
|E-1 Through E-4, F-4, F-5||Mikado||2-8-2|
|G-1 Through G-4, H-1, H-2||Santa Fe||2-10-2|
|A C&IM wooden transfer caboose, #34, wears the railroad's attractive Christmas livery of green and red as it sits at the yard in Springfield on August 15, 1965.|
Today the Illinois & Midland
Railroad is a very strong railroad seeing over 100,000 annual carloads
of traffic, which is diversified in (according to the railroad)
"...agricultural products, building materials, minerals, and municipal and
industrial waste." One final note about the Chicago and Illinois
Midland Railway, it purchased the only two units of EMD’s unique (and
rare) RS1325 model, which was a 1,325 hp, four-axle diesel-electric
road-switcher. Obviously it was not a very successful design
but interestingly since the C&IM purchased the units in 1960 they
have remained on the railroad’s roster through its takeover by Genesee
& Wyoming in 1996, and even today you can still catch these unusual
diesels (which have a short, sloping stubby nose and cab/carbody design
very similar to EMD’s very successful SW7, SW9, SW1200, and SW1500
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