In our continuing series, BNSF, Along the Route of the Santa Fe, videographer Kenn Oberneder and Marshall Beecher take us on a journey across Illinois capturing intense train action on BNSF’s Chillicothe Subdivision. This sub runs from the Windy City through the rich farmlands and rolling hills of northern Illinois to the western terminal of Fort Madison, Iowa on the Mississippi River.
We set up our camera in several locations to document the last of the Santa Fe style cantilever signals that were found in several towns along the line before they were replaced with new LED signals. Besides all the BNSF orange and green, there are plenty of Union Pacific trackage rights trains between Chicago and Kansas City, along with Norfolk Southern trains that come on and off the Streator, IL connection. Fast intermodal trains to and from the west coast, along with many other types of trains rolling through America’s Heartland are all captured here.