Eastern Illinois Railroad Company Unofficial Web Page

The Eastern Illinois Railroad Company (EIRC) operates a former Nickel Plate line between Neoga and Metcalf, IL, a distance of 53 miles. Connections are made with the CN at Neoga and the CSX at Metcalf. he line was sold by the Norfolk Southern in 1988 to NRG, Inc. which contracted with Indiana Hi-Rail to operate the line from May 1988 until March 1991. EIRC then took over operations in April 1991 as a subsidiary of NRG, Inc.Traffic is primarily grain, lumber and plastic. 

The line dates to the early 1880's when is was built as the narrow gauge Toledo, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad. It later was named the Toledo, St. Louis & Western (aka the Clover Leaf), which became part of the Nickel Plate in 1923. Nickel Plate was latter merged into the Norfolk & Western, which merged with the Southern Railroad to become Norfolk Southern.

Locomotive Roster

Locomotives Currently On Roster
Photo Number Model 1st # 2nd # 3rd # 4th # 5th # 6th # Serial # Built
  EIRC 700 GP10  IC 9128:2  IC 8128 ICG 8128 MSRC 1033  SPCX 700 OHCR 700 20766 12/55
EIRC 4541 GP9 CNW 1763 CNW 4541         25053 2/59
  EIRC 7565 GP10  PRR 7111 PC 7111 CR 7565       23311 5/57


Locomotives No Longer On Roster

Photo Number Model 1st # 2nd # 3rd # Serial # Built


EIRC 7001 CF7 ATSF 283 ATSF 2496 MSRC 7001   10/74
  EIRC 8089 GP10 IC 8089        

Other Information

Radio Frequency:    160.815mhz

Address:    730 Elm St.
                 P.O. Box 1132
                 Charleston, IL 61920

Reporting Mark:    EIRC


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Revised November 18, 2008

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