May 5, 2021
An NYC locomotive with a load of tank cars pass by the Mt Carmel Ill station. Circa 1950.
That is quite the depot. Looks like it once housed some offices. Superintendent? Engineering people? Dispatchers?
The Mt. Carmel, IL station still stands as the The Depot Professional Office Building. I took this photo in July 1984. That's my trusty gold Honda Accord parked to the right.
The SOU also served Mt. Carmel. I shot their station on the same day. I think the SOU station may have since been razed, but I'm not sure.
Who says unit oil trains are a new thing, ha! Great to know this great station has survived, very nice building!
Can't say the same for the trackage though, looks like it's been downgraded.
Another gem from your fine collection of New York Central steam, Roger, and I agree with the others that is a beautiful building and glad it is preserved.
That is beautiful, truly shouldering its load.
Following is a more recent photo taken from approximately the same vantage point as the photo in the first post:
Neat! That pine tree in front looks like it could be the same one as the littler one (next to the loco smoke) in the 1950 photo.
Oh, yeah! Sharp eye there!
At least the tracks are still in place and seem to be used. I wonder what status this line now holds?
Hardcoaler's trusty gold Honda Accord prolly wasn't there in 1950, though.
Apparently, the remaining track was lifted about 30 years ago.
If you go to the street view on google maps (near the intersection of N Market St and E 10th St), you'd be very hard pressed to find any evidence that a rail line once existed there. It looks like the mast for a signal may still be standing. Even the overpass from which the photos were taken appears to be gone.
Outstanding pic. Thanks for sharing.