Illinois Central Railroad: Wrecks, Derailments, and Floods (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Illinois Central Railroad: Wrecks, Derailments, and Floods (Images of Rail)

With roots dating back to 1851, the Illinois Central Railroad(IC) transported millions of passengers and countless tons offreight. Most trips were completed without incident. However, therewere occasional mishaps, including derailments and collisions withother trains or highway vehicles. Most accidents were minor, whileothers made the national news, such as the October 30, 1972,collision of two commuter trains in Chicago that killed 45passengers. The IC frequently had to deal with flooding, for therailroad ran in close proximity to several major rivers. In Januaryand February 1937, much of the southern half of the railroad wasshut down because of flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.This book depicts many of the accidents that have taken place alongthe Illinois Central through the years. The photographs are drawnfrom numerous sources, including the railroad's own photographers,amateur photographers, and photography studios.Clifford J. Downey has had an interest in the Illinois CentralRailroad since he was a teenager growing up in western Kentuckyduring the 1980s. He has published six books and dozens ofarticles, mostly on the IC. Downey is a certified surgicaltechnologist and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife,Jolinne.