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Lots of Heads going to roll on this. by JamesT4
Lots of Heads going to roll on this.
Hearing a GEVO horn coning as the bridge going down, it's the Iowa, but this one was an CBBI train from which day who knows as the Diamonds was replaced over the weekend which stopped all rail traffic expect the Metra Rock Island Trains which no linger have to cross the Diamonds.

Suprise it was IAIS 516 in it's 30th anniversary colors which caught us off guard railfanning at the station. The owner of the line west of here CSX RB dispatcher had gave Iowa a track warrant  from Rockdale to past the bridge, in which it become Metra Rock Road Dispatcher Problems. Metra in return of which knew of it's coming, and no Metra trains conflicting lining him up to head for Blue Island as noticed by the signals at CP Richards went to a diverging clear for Iowa. An BNSF MoW worker told us that this train won't be going no where for a while. To make it more interesting, the crew told the dispatcher that they go illegal(Off Duty) in under an hour.

CSX RB was in talks to get an Iowa truck to have the conductor go to the end of the train to reverse back to rockdale, and the closest Iowa Crew base is in Blue Island 30+ mins. away, if not risking getting a speeding ticket, and spending a morning at traffic court.

As it was getting late Metra took away the signal since BNSF MoW would not clear the way, an Inbound Metra was approaching, and even if they did get the clearance to proceed. The crew would die on the Metra main before reaching Blue Island since they are limited only to 30mph because of no cab signals.

When I was leaving I asked the conductor how long before they went off duty, he said now under 30 mins. So by the Time I reached home the crew went Illegal.

What was intresting about this is that The Iowa Train was keeping the bridge down over the Des Planes River blocking Barge Traffic pissing off the Army Core, and the US Coast Guard, and probably both Iowa Interstate and CSX getting fined for the bridge being down for a long period of time. Metra, IAIS, and CSX pissed at BNSF(UP to a lesser) for blocking the diamonds. I bet some people received hell from this, and i wonder what the city of Joliet have to say about this.

Also to note there were IAIS, and CSX trains that were on sidings to come East backed up west of here in sidings, and east of here at Barr Yard with the CSX trains, and 3 Iowa west-bounders were sitting at Blue Island tat were suppose to come west.
Joliet, IL, 5/18/2015
© 2015, James T.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting!!!!! by JamesT4
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting!!!!!
Crews from both UP, and BNSF and Metra working the replaced diamond at UD tower at Joliet, IL since UD tower closed.
On the UP side UP MoW crews held Metra Heritage Corridor train 921 outside of the station for over 30+ mins. after the schedule arrival time of 7:17pm, then after dropping off pissed off passengers who was stuck on the train was held for another 30 min to an hour before getting the signal to head past the diamond, and to reverse on to the Merta Rock Island Line to head into the yard for the night.

To put on how long this train was here Amtrak Lincoln Service Train 307 to St Louis was to arrive here at 7:50pm. That train was directly behind this Metra Train.

Joliet, IL, 5/18/2015
© 2015, James T.
Joliet Local Heading South by JamesT4
Joliet Local Heading South
The BNSF YJOL local with BNSF 2887(
GP39M), and BNSF 2129(GP38AC) heading south past UD tower after crews cleared the line for the train to pass on through.

Joliet, IL, 5/18/2015
© 2015, James T.
Pace Suburban Bus 2755 by JamesT4
Pace Suburban Bus 2755
Pace Suburban Bus 2755, an ElDorado National EZ Rider II 30ft Bus as Route 508.

Joliet, IL, 5/18/2015
© 2015, James T.
Pace Suburban Bus 2744 by JamesT4
Pace Suburban Bus 2744
Pace Suburban Bus 2744, an ElDorado National EZ Rider II 30ft Bus as Route 509.

Joliet, IL, 5/18/2015
© 2015, James T.


JamesT4 (Formally Jttjr)
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I work for United Airlines at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, during my spare time when I am not working, or taking care of family issues, I like to take photos of trains, buses, police and fire vehicles and sometimes airplanes.

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More of my photos on my flickr site, which includes police, emergency, and fire engines, and squads.

Videos on my Youtube site(Train Photos Only).…

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Current Residence: Hickory Hills, IL
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