KCS in IL?

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KCS in IL?
Posted by BRANDON SCALF on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:04 AM

I'm curious about the KCS's Roodhouse-KC line.  I'm hoping to check it out someday, and I was wondering if someone could shed some light on when and what trains run on the line?  I'm guessing it's probably not that busy, but I did find an intermodal train somewhere in IL, so I'm also guessing they at least have some trains going through in the daylight hours?  

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Posted by Yard Limit on Sunday, March 26, 2017 8:41 AM
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Posted by NP Eddie on Monday, March 27, 2017 12:43 PM


Are you thinking of the former MILW line from Roodhouse to KC? The KCS does not go north of KC. Maybe you saw KCS power on a run through train.

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Posted by inch53 on Monday, March 27, 2017 4:36 PM

KCS power does run an inter-mobil through ILL, 2-3 times a week, on the old Vandalia line [PRR,CSX] from St Louis to Indy.

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Posted by ns145 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:16 AM


There are a pair of KCS-CSX run-thru Schneider intermodal trains that run between Marion, OH and Kansas City.  There is also a pair of KC-East St. Louis manifest trains that run 2 times per week.  Other traffic includes a local based in Roodhouse that works south, west, and east on different days (M-W-F to Springfield).  There are also unit grain trains and empties that run from/to the large Bartlett Grain terminal in Jacksonville, IL on the old Jack Line.  

Here is a link to a good list of 2016 KCS train symbols:,4046979    

See the post by florida581.  This guy always has good info on train ID's and operations.


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Posted by BRANDON SCALF on Friday, March 31, 2017 4:48 PM

Thanks for the information!  Also, just went back and the intermodal I mentioned was an eastbound just west of Roodhouse.  Four engines and a medium sized train.

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