R.W. Linroth 272 pages hardcover
Written by retired BNSF conductor Ralph W. Linroth, author of A History of the CB&Q Illinois Pea Vine and A History of the CB&Q Quincy Branch, covers the western portion of the Peoria & Oquawka Railroad from Galesburg to Peoria and also the branch line from Buda to Rushville. It covers all of the stations along the way including several such as Kramm and Pottstown that only existed for a few years. The chapter on the Buda Branch highlights the coal mine operations which peaked during the 1940’s and 50’s. Another chapter describes all of the CB&Q’s connections with the other lines operating into Peoria area including the M&St.L. TP&W, the Rock Island, Peoria and Pekin Union, and the C&NW. The yard industries are described in detail using information from switchmen that worked at Peoria Yard. The last chapter describes how the freight business was been handled from late 1970’s to the present day.