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Abandoned CGW thru St Charles, IL

A 27 photo slideshow (sorry no music) shot about every 20-30 paces as I walked from the State Ave crossing West toward the Fox River bridge. This line last saw a freight some years back. Now there is a huge amount of plants taking over it, rotting ties, missing ties at one washout, and at least 3 trees down on the old tracks. The line has been permanently cut off at IL64 so this track will never see another train ever. This mainline at one time went from Chicago to Oelwein, IA and then NW of Oelwein past my mothers childhood home outside of Westgate, IA

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Taken on August 2, 2012