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Chicago & Illinois Midland

Chicago & Illinois Midland was a railroad in Central Illinois. It was created by the villagers of the Village of Pawnee to give their town a connection to the Illinois Central Railroad. This was named the Pawnee Railroad. Later it was extened to Taylorville to give connection to the Wabash Railroad. When the Pawnee Railroad was bought by Commonwealth Edison to ship coal from the Central Illinois mines to Chicago, the name was changed to the Chicago & Illinois Midland. There were two sections of this line, one from the Illinois Central south of Springfield, east through Pawnee to Taylorville. Then another on the former Chicago, Peoria, & St. Louis Railroad that ran from Springfield to Havana, and up to East Peoria. Commonwealth Edison sold the railroad in the late 1980's. Currently it is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc., which renamed the railroad as the Illinois & Midland Railroad.

Various pictures of the Chicago & Illinois Midland