NOTE: Peoria Area Rail Users are posted alphabetically by railroad station
Through its subsidiary, ”Peoria River Terminal Inc,” Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Interstate Asphalt Corporation has operated out of the old Martin Oil Marketing tank farm since purchasing the property from N. E. Finch Companies in 2000. A rail spur was installed a short time later (I only noticed it in December 2003, but I’m sure it had already been there awhile). A second track was built c. 2010. Barge/truck loading and unloading facilities are available as well.
If you have Quicktime, check the main Interstate Asphalt website and to watch video showing the Tazewell & Peoria Railroad switching tank cars.
When I first noticed rail activity at Peoria River Terminal, the Toledo Peoria & Western Railway had the switching contract. Reportedly, molten petroleum asphalt (ID’d by haz-mat placard UN 2357) loaded there was routed eastbound to CSX Transportation at Lafayette, Indiana for shipment to a customer in New York State. Union Pacific has also served PRT.
Currently, the Tazewell & Peoria Railroad handles all switching, and traffic is primarily inbound from Canadian and Western U. S. refineries. BNSF’s Peoria Local often has several “PRTX-” marked tank cars in its consist. Such cars have been seen on Union Pacific’s Clinton (IA)-Peoria trains as well.
Peoria River Terminal is a fairly large customer, generating at least 300-400 carloads annually. As you can see here, facilities can hold quite a few cars.
- David P. Jordan