Who We Are
The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Society was organized in the spring of 1982 in a former C&EI depot in Rossville, Illinois by some fifty fans and former employees of the railroad. Our purpose is to preserve the history of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Company, its subsidiaries, its corporate predecessors and its corporate successors. Through the C&EI Flyer we have communicated the history of the railroad to both members and fans nationwide.
The society has opened a museum in two rooms of the Watseka Union Station in Watseka, Illinois. The museum exhibits the history of the railroad and serves as an archive place for much of the history items the society has collected. It also serves as an annual meeting location. Check out the information on this site.
We welcome anyone from modelers to historians that has an interest in our favorite railroad. We invite you to contact one of the officers listed below for more information or print out and complete the membership application you will find on this site.
ELECTED OFFICERS – Spring 2019 to Spring 2020
Robert Gibson Jr, President, Princeton, Indiana
Dan Nevills, Vice President, Lansing, Illinois
David Forbes, Secretary, Marshall, Illinois
Richard Schroeder, Treasurer & Membership Chairman, Champaign, Illinois
Ross Abbott, Director, Troy, Illinois
Justin Pippin, Director, Bloomington, Illinois
The Society’s officers are anxious to hear from members and are ready to respond to reasonable requests. Please remember, however, that the officers have responsibilities beyond those of the society. not the least of which are their occupations and families. The following list outlines the general responsibilities of each officer. Please make sure that you are contacting the correct officer before you write or call as this eliminates unnecessary work.
President – Matters of overall policy and requests for general information.
Treasurer – company store orders and donation of materials to the Society.
Membership Chairman – New memberships, on-time renewals, and changes of address.