Welcome and thank you for visiting the Illinois Central Railroad Heritage Association (ICRHA) website. Our site is dedicated to preserving and reliving the legacy of the Illinois Central Railroad - the Main Line of Mid-America by sharing historical photographs, articles, modeling and memorabilia of all types.
Our goal is to make information available to all interested people in a variety of ways, including our quarterly magazine, The Mid-American, newsletters, meetings, modeling, Facebook, and this website.
The ICRHA encourages your participation and hopes that you will become a member of our organization. For further information, do not hesitate to utilize the contact form found on this website.
On September 24, 2016, ICRHA, in conjunction with our friends at Iowa Pacific, operated it's third annual fan trip. This year's theme was to honor the memory of Illinois Central's famed train, The Daylight, which operated the Chicago-Springfield-St. Louis route in competition with the GM&O and Wabash. Ironically, the trip operated over the GM&O's Alton Route, since the original Illinois Central route south of Springfield has been gone for years.
This trip once again utilized Iowa Pacific's fabulous former Illinois Central observation car, the Pontchartrain Club, and a full length dome car, where attendees were able to enjoy a full meal service in both directions. Riders were also able to experience some fast running over the 110 mph portion of the route.
Overall, a very memorable day reflecting back on Illinois Central's great days of passenger train travel.
Photos courtesy of Phil Gosney
In case you have not seen it, at right is a short YouTube video prepared to promote our organization. The music and style reflect the promotional 16mm movies of the 1950s, a great and happy period of time for Illinois Central Railroad. (To view the video, simply click the center arrow).
As we enter the New Year, ICRHA is ushering in this new website, which utilizes current web technology, as opposed to our former site. While Facebook has supplanted some of the need for a website such as this, there are still many things a website can provide that are not available on social media. I view a organization's website and social media as complimentary to each other.
Although not obvious now, provisions on this site have been made for a company store, possible acceptance of credit cards and PayPal, optional automated member applications and renewals, a modelers page, and short monthly human interest stories. This is just to name a few concepts that will be reviewed by ICRHA's Board of Directors.
At this time this site is not smart phone or smaller tablet friendly, but that will be addressed shortly and smaller devices will automatically access a mobile friendly site.
I very much know that to maintain interest, a site has to be constantly evolving. We will try to make that happen in 2017. Please feel free to share your comments, suggestions or contributions to this site with either me or one of our Board Members listed on the About tab of this site. Our goal is to grow ICRHA in the New Year and preserve the interest in, and history of the Mainline of Mid-America.
--John Morris, Webmaster
Illinois Central: North of the Ohio River combines classic color photography from 50 photographers with well-researched text by Dave Oroszi and Kirk Reynolds. (Kirk is currently the editor of ICRHA's Mid-American). A terrific variety of images from the IC, including Chocolate & Orange E-Units, Green Diamond Geeps, Orange & White U-Boats and much more all in full color! This book is a gem for all fans of IC and ICG! This is a perfect combination of great photography printed with the precision that you have come to expect from TRP!
Illinois Central: North of the Ohio River was a winner of a 2004 Franklin Award for Excellence in the annual Neographics competition sponsored by the Graphic Arts Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
For ordering information, click here to visit the White River Productions bookstore.
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