Gotta Act Fast on the Prairie

It is the early years of Amtrak operation on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

The trains are still pulled much of the time by former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio locomotives but the array of liveries and names on the letter boards gives testimony to the mish mash of equipment that Amtrak is operating.

To the south is the headlight of the northbound Abraham Lincoln.

It is coming fast, really fast. These two images were all that the photographer could manage to get as the train blasted through Lexington, Illinois.

That is U.S. Route 66 in the background in front of the locomotive nose in the top image.

Seemingly as fast as it came, the train was gone. All that was left was the rustle of the wind, traffic noise and a memory of something that would soon be vanishing into the annals of history.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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