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IC&E 922 job on the Rockford sub
The Iowa, Chicago, & Eastern network includes a branch off their E-W main across Illinois, at Davis Junction. This 42 mile branch heads north through Rockford, IL., Beloit, WI., and eventually to Janesville, WI., where it interchanges with the WSOR. At Janesville, the IC&E has a customer they service, Freedom Plastics, and the "922" job makes a run to switch out FP a few times a week. This branch is ex-MILW trackage, and though a branch even in the MILW days, it seems to have grown in importance as it provides a possible future alternate connector from Wisconin into Chicago. At any rate, the line is still mostly 10mph, making chasing very easy, and takes the Rock River valley south out of Janesville, crossing it north of Beloit. There is a small yard at South Beloit, just over the Illinois state line. Lately, the 922 job has been appearing on the north end of the branch in the late afternoon, making their pickup and rolling south starting alongside the WSOR yard and Roundhouse. It is there we pick up the chase, on this sunny but cold February afternoon...
 
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