UP 5087 - Splitting The Block Signals - Birmingham Junction

UP 5087 is splitting the block signals at Birmingham Junction
UP 5087 - Birmingham Junction - Birmingham, MO

Early on a rainy morning, Union Pacific 5087 and a Norfolk Southern locomotive lead a covered hopper train north past the block signals on the joint Union Pacific-Illinois, Chicago, & Eastern (formerly I&M Rail Link) mainline at Birmingham Junction. The train had crossed over the Missouri River on the Trueman Lift Bridge shortly before this photograph was taken. The top of the bridge can be seen far back in the distance. The train is nearing the diamond crossings with the joint BNSF-Norfolk Southern main line.

The Joint Line

Today, this line is jointly operated by Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific. Canadian Pacific took over the Illinois, Chicago, and Eastern (IC&E) Railroad in 2008. The IC&E Railroad purchased the I&M Rail Link in 2002, and the I&M Rail Link had purchased it from the Canadian Pacific in 1997. Therefore, Canadian Pacific's ownership of this line has come full circle.

Photo taken: Birmingham, Missouri. September 26, 2005.


  1. Tom Gatermann​ I start back at the UP on the 27th, terminal furloughed us.


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