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Illinois Central

The Illinois Central railroad was one of the first Class I railroads in the United States. The first line ran from Cario, in Southern Illinois, to Galena, in Northern Illinois. A branch line was built from Centralia, in Southern Illinois, to Chicago. The railroad eventually was extended south to New Orleans. It was the operator of one of the famous passenger trains the "City of New Orleans". As of today the only part of the main line still completely intact is the branch line from Centralia to Chicago. In February, 1998 the Canadian National railroad purchased the Illinois Central. It is now operated by the Canadian National holding company, Grand Trunk Corp.

Various pictures of the Illinois Central
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