It was a beautiful day to be at Monticello Railway Museum
just outside Monticello, Illinois on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007.
When I spoke to the museum representative on October 30th, he was very clear that there had been problems with the #1649 but he was pretty sure it would be in operation by Sunday, November 4th. The problems continued and so we were left with the IC #8733 for our Throttle Time adventure. It's just Murphy's Law in effect as usual.
The wig-wag on the south end of the main museum parking lot.
Looking southeast toward the museum barns and yard.
Me in a Milwaukee Road sweatshirt standing north
of the platform by the walk-through display cars.
Here's the ride for our Throttle Time run: IC #8733 EMD GP-11.
Chuck at the controls of the Illinois Central #8733.
After Chuck's time was up one of the museum crew took our picture on the front end of the #8733.
It was so windy my hat blew off!
The caboose train to the west of the barns.
The 1916 Alco 0-6-0 Switcher #191 sits outside the barns.
More equipment sits outside in the small museum rail yard.
So much of their rolling stock is in excellent condition.
Soo Line caboose #99110 with recent lettering.
And the Soo Line caboose #99110 has a screen door.
A beautiful Milwaukee Road boxcar looking good
even with my finger in the image. Sorry about that!
It was another 2 hours or so down to Monticello where we stayed at a Best Western very near the museum. On Sunday it was just short of a four hour drive home by the toll-way around Chicago. We listened in astonishment to the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Kansas City Chiefs; what incredible luck they had! All in all, it was a very good weekend.