ONCE AN ENGINE AHEAD OF A TRAIN WAS AFRAID OF A FEW DROPS OF RAIN. Far from the hurricane zone, the State Line continues to receive rain, with the deluge likely to continue as the Atlantic hurricanes have a way of slowing the movement of weather systems further north. The Illinois Railway Museum closed today because of wet grounds, and this picture of a stud of diesels moved onto the main line suggests weather-related difficulties elsewhere on the grounds.

Sunday's "Day Out with Thomas" festivities were also rained out, no doubt to the disappointment of the thousands of toddlers and their parents that get their start in ferroequinology.

Friday, however, was a fine day for train excursions, and probably a bit less crowded.

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