Kansas City (Argentine) to Galesburg and Chicago (via Streator)

·         Passenger

Amtrak trains 3 and 4, The Southwest Chief, covered this entire route until 1996, but only from Kansas City to Galesburg (Cameron) starting in 1997

·         Intermodal

There are major intermodal traffic flows carrying imports from Pacific Ocean ports at Los Angeles, Long Beach, and the Bay Area to other parts of the country served by the former Santa Fe lines, especially the Chicago area, with forwarding to other railroads in Chicago and Kansas City.  There are also major flows westward from Willow Springs and Corwith yards in the Chicago area to west coast points carrying package traffic and long-distance hauls for over-the-road carriers.

This intermodal traffic runs over the same route as the passenger trains from Argentine to Galesburg (and prior to 1997, all the way to Corwith). Observation from passing trains suggests that these are the major traffic flows on these lines.

There are five grades of intermodal service on these lines: Z—Expedited (also trains once symbolled  with numerals); Q—Guaranteed; P—Priority; T—Standard; and S—Stack. In some lanes, priorities may be different, so that a P-CHIRIC or a P-CHISBD may be balanced by a Q-RICCHI or a Q-SBDCHI (say).

In 1991/2, the following Santa Fe trains (among others) traveled over this route:
169 (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Richmond
189 (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Richmond
198 (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Los Angeles
199 and 991 between Chicago and Richmond
771 (and the reverse?) between Phoenix and Chicago
971 (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago
QLACH (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and Chicago
QLANY (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and New York
SLACH (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and Chicago

In 1994, the following Santa Fe trains (among others) traveled over this route:
9-199 and 9-991 between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Richmond (North Bay);
9-198 and 9-891 between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Los Angeles (Hobart);
9-197 (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Phoenix;
9-189 (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Richmond (North  Bay);
P-CHLA (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Los Angeles
P-FRCH (and the reverse?) between Fresno and Chicago
P-RICH (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago
Q-LANY and Q-NYLA between Los Angeles and New York City via ConRail connection at Streator, IL
S-CHLA and S-LACH between Chicago and Los Angeles
S-RICH (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago
T-RICH (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago

In 1995, the following Santa Fe trains (among others) traveled over this route:
199 and 991 between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Richmond (North Bay)
9-198 and 9-891 between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Los Angeles (Hobart);
9-197 (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Phoenix;
9-189 (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Willow Springs) and Richmond (North Bay);
BCHHV between Chicago and Harvard, AR
BCHLA between Chicago and Los Angeles
P-CHLA and P-LACH between Chicago and Los Angeles
PDTEP (and the reverse?) between Detroit and El Paso (for Mexico)
PFRCH (and the reverse?) between Fresno and Chicago
PPXCH (and the reverse?) between Phoenix and Chicago
PRICH (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago
QCHKC and QKCCH between Chicago and Kansas City
Q-LANY and Q-NYLA between Los Angeles and New York City via ConRail connection at Streator, IL
QLAWS (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and Willow Springs
S-CHLA and S-LACH between Chicago and Los Angeles
SCHRI and SRICH between Chicago and Richmond
SFRCH (and the reverse?) between Fresno and Chicago
 The stack trains (‘S’) to/from Richmond and Fresno started running in late 1994, after track undercutting to increase clearances in tunnels and under overbridges on Tehachapi.

In 1999, the following BNSF trains (among others) traveled over this route:
BWSPLAC bare table from Willow Springs to Los Angeles
PCHILAC and PLACCHI between Chicago (Corwith) and Los Angeles
PCHIRIC (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Richmond
PLACCHI2 and PCHILAC2 second section between Chicago and Los Angeles
QFRSCHI (and the reverse?) between Fresno and Chicago (with Perishable in reefer trailers as well as other
             TOFC/COFC and double-stack traffic)
QMODCHI (and the reverse?) between Modesto and Chicago
SCHILGB (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Long Beach
SLGBCHC3 Sealand (and the reverse?) between Long Beach and Chicago
SRICCHI (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago
ZALTLAC3 and ZLACALT9 between Alliance, TX and Los Angeles
ZALTWSP and ZWSPALT between Alliance, TX and Willow Springs
ZCHIPHX (and the reverse?)  between Chicago and Phoenix
ZLACNYC9 and ZNYCLAC9 (ex QLANY and QNYLA) to TV-10, from TVLA
ZLACNYC2 second section between Los Angeles and New York City
ZLACWSP9 and ZWSPLAC9 (ex 991 and 199) between Willow Springs and LA
ZLACWSP8 and ZWSPLAC8 second section between Willow Springs and LA
ZLACWSP7 and ZWSPLAC7 third section between Willow Springs and LA
ZNBYWSP9 and ZWSPNBY9 (ex 991 and 199) between North Bay and Willow Springs
ZNBYWSP8 (a second section of the above)
ZPHXWSP (and the reverse?)  between Phoenix and Willow Springs
ZSBDWSP4 (and the reverse?)  between San Bernardino and Willow Springs
ZSBDWSP5 second section (and the reverse?) San Bernardino and Willow Springs
ZSTOWSP and ZWSPSTO between Stockton and Willow Springs
ZWSPRIC (and the reverse?) between Willow Springs and Richmond

In 2005, the following BNSF trains ran over this line:
Z-CHIPHX (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Corwith) and Phoenix
Z-CHIRIC and Z-RICCHI between Chicago (Corwith) and Richmond, CA
Z-FRSCHI (and the reverse?) between Fresno, CA, and Chicago (Corwith)
Z-NYCLAC and Z-LACNYC between New York City (CSX/NS) and Los Angeles
Z-PHXWSP (and the reverse?) between Phoenix and Willow Springs (Chicago)
Z-WSPLAC  and Z-LACWSP between Willow Springs (Chicago) and Los Angeles
Z-WSPRIC and Z-RICWSP between Willow Springs (Chicago) and Richmond, CA
Z-WSPNBY and Z-NBYWSP between Willow Springs and North Bay UPS (Richmond, CA)
Z-WSPSBD and Z-SBDWSP between Willow Springs (Chicago) and San Bernardino
Z-WSPSTO and Z-STOWSP between Willow Springs and Stockton, CA
P-CHILAC  and P-LACCHI between Chicago (Corwith) and Los Angeles
P-CHIRIC (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Corwith) and Richmond, CA
P-CHISBD (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Corwith) and San Bernardino
P-LACCHF (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and Chicago (59th Street CSX)
P-PHXCHI (and the reverse?) between Phoenix and Chicago (Corwith)
Q-CHILAC (and the reverse?) between Chicago (Corwith) and Los Angeles
Q-LACLPC (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and Logistics Park, IL
Q-NYCLAC  and Q-LACNYC between New York City (CSX) and Los Angeles
Q-RICCHI  (and the reverse?) between Richmond, CA, and Chicago (Corwith)
Q-SBDCHI  (and the reverse?) between San Bernardino and Chicago (Corwith)
Q-WSPSBD (and the reverse?) between Willow Springs (Chicago) and San Bernardino
S-CWSLBP  (and the reverse?) between Chicago Western Avenue and Long Beach (COSCO)
S-FTMLAC (and the reverse?) between Fort Madison, IA, and Los Angeles
S-FTMLBT (and the reverse?) between Fort Madison, IA, and Long Beach (Pier T, Hanjin)
S-FTMRIC (and the reverse?) between Fort Madison, IA, and Richmond
S-LBACHI (and the reverse?) between Long Beach (APL) and Chicago (Corwith)
S-LBPCHI (and the reverse?) between Long Beach (COSCO) and Chicago (Corwith)
S-LBTCHI (and the reverse?) between Long Beach (Pier T, Hanjin) and Chicago (Corwith)
S-LBTLPC and S-LPCLBT between Long Beach (Pier T, Hanjin) and Logistics Park, IL

S-LHACHI (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles Harbor (Pier 400) and Chicago
S-LHALPC  (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles Harbor (Pier 400) and Logistics Park, IL
S-LHTCHI (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles Harbor (TICTF) and Chicago
S-LHWCHI (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles Harbor (West Basin) and Chicago 
S-LPCLHT (and the reverse?) between Logistics Park, IL and Los Angeles Harbor  (TICTF)
S-LPCLHW (and the reverse?) between Logistics Park, IL and LA Harbor  (West Basin)

B-PHXWSP between Phoenix and Willow Springs (Chicago)
B-SBDWSP between San Bernardino and Willow Springs (Chicago)
 

·         Coal

 

·         Steel

 

·         Automotive

Automotive traffic into Southern California from the midwest runs into a major automotive yard in San Bernardino, just west of the passenger stations. Much of this traffic enters the former Santa Fe line in central Illinois, via connections from the Detroit area.

The following trains traveled on this segment in 1994:
V-CHLA (and the reverse?) between Chicago and Los Angeles

In 1995, the following Santa Fe trains (among others) traveled over this route:
V-LAMC and V-MCLA between Los Angeles and McCook (for IHB)
V-MCOK (and the reverse?) between McCook (from IHB) Oklahoma City (GM )
V-MCPX (and the reverse?) between McCook (from IHB) and Phoenix
V-PEMC (and the reverse?) between Pearland, TX (Houston) and McCook (IHB)

In 1999, the following BNSF trains were observed on this route:
VCHILAC and VLACCHI between Chicago and Los Angeles
VLACMCI (and the reverse?) between Los Angeles and McCook (for IHB)
VMCIOKC and VOKCMCI between McCook (from IHB) Oklahoma City (GM)

In 2004, the following BNSF trains ran over this line:
V-MCISBD and V-SBDMCI between McCook, IL (for IHB), and San Bernardino
V-RICMDO (and the reverse?) between Richmond and ??
V-SDGMCI (and the reverse?) between San Diego and McCook, IL

·         Grain

 

·         Chemicals

 

·         Oil and other tanks

 

·         General Merchandise

There are two grades of general merchandise manifest service on these lines: M—Priority Manifest; H—Standard Manifest.

In 1991/2, the following Santa Fe trains (among others) traveled over this route:
238 (and the reverse?) between ?? and Barstow (and Los Angeles?)
951 (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Chicago
952 (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Streator, IL, for ConRail
Q-BAHO (and the reverse?) between Barstow and Houston

In 1994, the following Santa Fe trains (among others) traveled over this route:
H-RISR (and the reverse?) between Richmond and Streator, IL., for ConRail
M-ELBA (and the reverse?) between Elkhart?? and Barstow

In 1995, the following Santa Fe trains were observed on this segment:
H-FRSR (and the reverse?) between Fresno and Streator, IL. , for ConRail
H-MCKC (and the reverse?) between McCook (from IHB) and Kansas City
HSRBA (and the reverse?) between Streator, IL., for ConRail and Barstow
MCHKC and MKCCH between Chicago and Kansas City
MKCSR (and the reverse?) between Kansas City and Streator, IL., for ConRail
MKCMC Kansas City and McCook (for IHB)

In 1999, the following BNSF trains were observed on this route:
HHOUGAL (and the reverse?) between Houston and Galesburg
HMODGAL (and the reverse?) between Modesto and Galesburg
HMODSRX9 the “wine train” between Modesto and Streator, IL, for ConRail
MKCKBRC (and the reverse?) between Argentine and Belt Railway of Chicago

In 2004, the following BNSF trains ran over this line:
H-BARGAL (and the reverse?) between Barstow, CA and Galesburg, IL

H-MODSEL the “wine train” between Modesto and Selkirk, NY, via CSX

In 2006, the following BNSF trains ran over this line:
M-GALTEA (and the reverse?) between Galesburg, IL and Teague, TX (via Tulsa, OK)

 

·         Local Peddlers

The following Santa fe trains were observed on this route in 1995
EA-091 between Kansas City (Argentine) and Marceline
RIL-021 between Chicago (Corwith) and ??