25.5.13

INTRODUCING THE CORN KING ZEPHYR.

Illinois legislators are contemplating a cross-state train.
The route would run from the Quad Cities to Danville through Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and Champaign-Urbana and would have connections with existing state-supported rail passenger corridors.

The bill is sponsored in the state house of representatives by Rep. Don Moffitt, who says the route could start as state-supported bus service and eventually transition to rail passenger service. “This doesn’t compete with the other corridors,” Moffitt tells the paper. “It enhances because it gives you more options for connecting and going different places.”

Supporters note the new route would be a boon to college students as it would connect 14 college and universities across the state.
Such a bus service already exists, it's Amtrak Thruway runs 8890 and 8892 toward Indianapolis, and 8893 and 8895 toward Galesburg or Davenport.

As a through Passenger Rail service, it might never have been offered previously.  The named train I refer to is a service from the Quad Cities to Indianapolis jointly operated by the Burlington Route and the Illinois and St. Louis Railroad.  It exists as an HO Scale service only.  Seeing it on the 12" to the foot rails would be pretty neat.

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