Tag: Alton & Southern

‘It lit up the sky like sunrise.’ The rail blast that rocked East St. Louis 50 years ago

Courtesy of stltoday.com On Jan. 22, 1972, a rail tanker exploded in the Alton and Southern Rail Yard in East St. Louis. Eventually 868 buildings were damaged in a blast that broke windows as far away as downtown St. Louis. Here is our original coverage. An enormous explosion of a railroad tank car in East […]

A Message from Chief of Police for Alton & Southern, Lindell Barton

Over the past 24 hours, there have been a rash of violent activity in the area between the downtown river bridges and the A&S Yard. At least three car jackings, two shootings, and numerous police pursuits have occurred. Please be aware of your surroundings and avoid driving through a crowd of people. If you find […]

Route 162 in Granite City to close for railroad rehabilitation

  GRANITE CITY – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that, weather permitting, Illinois Route 162 between 23rd Street and Maryville Road in Granite City will be closed starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 8. The road closure is necessary to allow the Alton & Southern Railroad to rehabilitate […]

Coal was king in this southwestern Illinois town for generations. A young mayor is betting on solar.

by TERI MADDOX Belleville News-Democrat Contractors install solar panels at the Shelby Solar Farm on the east side of Shelbyville along Illinois 16 in this 2016 file photo. A small town in St. Clair County is hoping that solar could serve as an economic engine to replace coal. PROVIDED PHOTO You’d be hard-pressed to find […]

Country’s freight nexus is ready to compete for infrastructure projects

The release of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan has sparked renewed discussion about the vital need to rebuild and modernize our nation’s infrastructure and the role that individual states, local communities and the private sector will have to play in funding that rebuilding. In the St. Louis region — the country’s freight nexus […]

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November 2023