B&O saw little financial gain from the control of the Alton and sold
the railroad to the GM&O in May of 1947 giving the railroad a
direct north-south line between Chicago and New Orleans.
Aside from the GM&O’s maverick attitude the railroad is also well known for a number of its passenger trains including the Gulf Coast Rebel, the Alton Limited, and the Midnight Special. Its most famous trains, however, were the Rebel, Abraham Lincoln, and Ann Rutledge (which continues today under Amtrak). These trains carried a beautiful livery of two-tone maroon/red with yellow trim.
|Rebuilt from first generation GP7s and GP9s purchased second-hand from other roads the ICG rostered many GP10s and GP11s that featured upgraded equipment. Seen here is GP11 #8734 at Central City, Kentucky on July 27, 1980 sporting a unique grey and orange livery that was never common on the railroad, although intended to wear better than the classic white and orange used for years.|
The GM&O and its predecessors do hold "first" titles
within the railroad industry. For example, the first Pullman sleeper
was built in the C&A's Bloomington shops; one of the very first
steel bridges was built on the C&A across the Mississippi River at
Glasgow, Missouri; the C&A was one of the first railroads to use
reclining chairs in its passenger trains. For all of the railroad’s
accomplishments it was having trouble by the end of the 1960s and
decided in 1972 to merge with the Illinois Central, after the two agreed
that such a move would be best for both companies, to form the Illinois
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Diesel Locomotive Roster
The American Locomotive Company
|S2||10-24 (Ex-Alton Railroad), 1001-1012||1944-1946||27|
|RS1||1102-1117, 1120-1127, 1051-1055 (Ex-IT)||1944-1950||29|
The Baldwin Locomotive Works
|Sandwiched in the middle of a northbound ICG train at Delrey, Illinois on January 4, 1981 is GM&O GP38 #733 which has yet to be repainted almost 10 years after the formation of the railroad.|
The Electro-Motive Corporation/Electro-Motive Division
|EA/E8A||100A (Ex-B&O, Rebuilt as an E8A in 1953.)||1937||1|
|E7A||100-103, 101A-103A (Ex-Alton)||1945-1946||7|
|F3A||800A-811A, 800B-810B, 880A-885A, 880B-882B||1946-1947||32|
|Boxcab||1200 (Ex-B&O/Alton #50)||1935||1|
|GM&O RS1 #1106 is performing switching duties at Chicago Union Station on December 26, 1961. Note the Pennsylvania Railroad's massive freight depot in the background.|
Predecessor Steam Locomotive Rosters
Gulf, Mobile & Northern Steam Locomotives
Mobile & Ohio Steam Locomotives
|6, 10, 11, 15, 30, 40||Switcher||0-6-0|
|121, 201, 220, 230, 237, 300, 310, 325||Ten-Wheeler||4-6-0|
Notable Passenger Trains
Alton Limited: (Chicago - St. Louis)
Abraham Lincoln: (Chicago - St. Louis)
Ann Rutledge: (Chicago - St. Louis)
Gulf Coast Rebel: (St. Louis - Mobile/Montgomery)
Midnight Special: (Chicago - St. Louis)
Night Hawk: (St. Louis - Kansas City)
Prairie State Express: (St. Louis - Chicago)
The Mail: (Chicago - St. Louis)
The Rebel: (Jackson, Tennessee - Union, Mississippi/New Orleans/Mobile)
|An A-B-A set of GM&O F3s, led by F3A #807-B, hustle a manifest freight through Odell, Illinois on the evening of August 15, 1965.|
The only problem with the ICG merger was that much like the
disastrous Penn Central in the late 1960s, the IC and GM&O mostly
paralleled one another and were staunch competitors. Because of this
the success of the merger has often been debated. In any
event, the ICG would soldier on and later drop the Gulf and was simply
known as the Illinois Central once more. The IC’s end came in 1998 when it became part of the Canadian National
Railway. While the Gulf Mobile and Ohio is no more its legacy
certainly lives on in its tenacious spirit, Chicago to St. Louis main
line (a major corridor, especially for Amtrak), and the Ann Rutledge which continues to be operated by Amtrak.
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CoG, "The Right Way"
IC, "Main Line Of Mid-America"
FEC, "Flagler System"
C&O, "George Washington's Railroad"
L&N, "The Dixie Line"
NC&StL, "The Dixie Line"
N&W, "Precision Transportation"
Norfolk Southern (Original)
Oneida & Western
RF&P, "Linking North & South"
Seaboard, "Through The Heart Of The South"
Southern..."Serves The South"
The "TAG" Route
TC, "The Nashville Route"
AN, "The Port St. Joe Route"
A&StAB, "The Bay Line"
L&C, "The Springmaid Line"
Sandersville, "The Kaolin Road"
AD&N, "Serving Southern Forests"
D&S, "Service With Courtesy"
The "Tweetsie," ET&WNC
F&C, "The Kentucky Midland Route"