The New York Central's Peoria & Eastern branch ran through my home town of Bloomington, Illinois, paralleling the Nickel Plate's Peoria branch through the center of the city. By the time my family moved to Bloomington in 1954, the P&E had been dieselized with EMD GP-7s for road power, some of which were lettered "New York Central System" and wore the P&E herald. Occasionally a New York Central Electro-Motive SW-1 switcher was dispatched to the Bloomington yard assignment. Here No. 615 handles a cut of cars near the old freight house, at the Oakland Avenue crossing, in early April 1958. The 600-horsepower unit, built in 1939, was classed DES-5e and was renumbered to 8441 in 1966.