TRRA 1239 Switching at Brooklyn, IL.

Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA) 1239 is on the point of a train switching on the south side of TRRA's Madison Yard. Trains that are switching on the south side of the yard will often pull down toward the crossing at Canal Street/Bend Road (where this shot was taken from) and then make a back up move into the yard. TRRA 1239 is an EMD built SW1200 series locomotive that was built in April of 1965, according to RR Picture Archives (an external link, which will open in a new browser window).

Behind the locomotives are three old Manufacture's Railway (MRS) boxcars. The MRS was a small local St. Louis railroad that was originally owned by Anheuser-Busch, before InBev sold the railroad off after purchasing A.B.

Photo taken: February 26, 2006. Brooklyn, Illinois.


  1. Neat looking locomotive. A short line? Does it still exist?

    1. The TRRA still exists. It's terminal switching railroad in the St. Louis area. It serves all the major railroads that come to St. Louis; BNSF, CSX, KCS, NS, and UP. Out of sight in this image, behind the train, is the TRRA's massive Madison Yard. The TRRA owns and operates the two railroad bridges that cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis. These locomotives however are no longer used. The TRRA upgraded its motive power to EMD GP series locomotives. I believe the railroad may also use a few EMD SD series locomotives as well, but I'm not sure about this.


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