UP 8404 - Chester Subdivision - Chalfin Bridge, IL

UP 8404 leads a grain train on the Chester Subdivision at Chalfin Bridge, IL.
UP 8404 at Chalfin Bridge, IL

UP 8404 (an EMD SD70ACe) leads a grain train north on Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision at Milepost 26, in the flat farm lands of the Mississippi River valley in Southern Illinois. The train is between Chalfin Bridge, Illinois, to the south, and Valmeyer, Illinois, to the north.

Chester Subdivision

The Chester Subdivision runs between Valley Junction (Milepost 0) in East. St. Louis, Illinois, to Charleston Junction (Milepost 171.9) in Dexter, Missouri. Much of the rail line in Illinois runs through a wide open and flat landscape, which often allows for showing the entirety of the trains running on the line. For a point of reference in regards to distance in this photograph, the white tower to the left of the train is about two miles (3.2 km) away. 

Photo taken: August 13, 2006, just north of Chalfin Bridge, Illinois.


  1. Quite the load. Nice timing of the taking the picture. Wouldn't want to arrive at a RR X'ing in my car just as that train comes by...😊

  2. Very nice shot and you can see quite a ways there! That would be a wonderful place to view a steam locomotive like 4014. :-)

    1. Thanks, Shelly. I agree, chasing UP 4014 through here would be great.


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