Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Working on the railroad all the livelong day - terminal, railroad, illinois

If Illini Terminal Railroad locomotives look familiar, it is because a Wood River railroad man modeled them after the green and yellow engines made famous by the Illinois Terminal. The Illinois Terminal originated in Alton in the early 1900s with a steam railroad that offered high-speed suburban service for St. Louis and Alton. The founder and general manager of Illini Terminal, Terry Respondek of Wood River, whose father, Ted Respondek, worked for Illinois Terminal System in the 1970s, never forgot the impact of his dad’s employer upon him and his twin brother, Jerry. Continued

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