Ride to the Railroad

Raleigh ready to go railroading

A local short line RR is east of town

Actually the original route for the RR that located town, until Mr. Hoopes donated land farther west, and a more level route

Later used by a competing RR

Along the route east to the RR

Yielding to a train is always a good idea  🙂

Note the jointed rails, a rare sight these days

1929!  They have been there for a while, and still in use, though, not very fast

Typical scene

Corn is emerging

The Hubbard Trail connected fur trading posts at Vincennes, Indiana, and Chicago

Several towns grew up along the route






Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

4 response to "Ride to the Railroad"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: May 17, 2021

    I love this post Rich. Through a friend who is very into trains, and also now does model ‘training’, I have become interested in them as well. I don’t get to visit many RR tracks, nor see many trains on my rides, but always look and wonder at the engines and engineers as they pass by. There is some blue thing lurking in your yellow flower photo ;’-).

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 18, 2021

    Rich, I thought you might be interested in the obituary for Bernard Henry “Barney” Sloan from the Press Democrat today:

    “He was 102 years old…born on the Sloan family farm near Hoopeston, Illinois….”

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 18, 2021

      Thanks! He was quite the man!
      He had more experiences in one lifetime most of us wouldnt have in 10.
      The house next door was once owned by a Sloan, and Im pretty certain it had to be a relative.
      Ill have to ask my farm expert neighbor where the Sloan farm was located.
      His daughter is living in Santa Rosa. I was curious about what the connection might be.

      And the PD even let me read the entire Obit. 🙂

      Thanks again, small world.

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