The track will follow the river (backdrop, but not modeled) into town. There will be a main and siding with a short lead for run around moves. A secondary track will be installed to access Wayne Feeds and the locomotive storage facility behind the station.
The Peoria Rocket will originate here as well as a RI Davenport mixed freight. The second section of the Peoria Rocket out of Chicago arrives late morning with mail and passengers, returning mid-afternoon.
You will notice an absence of the Caterpillar Plant in my design. The section desginated for Peoria is a small shelf rougly 7ft by 14" wide. To model the Caterpillar plant would be impossible. The plant is located across the Illinois River in East Peoria. I found the Washington Street riverfront area more appealing to model. I will most likely create waybills for various materials inbound to Peoria for the CAT plant. I'm still contemplating modeling loads of CAT vehicles outbound on flat cars.
I have exercised my modeling license regarding Peoria Journal Star and S. Lucas & Sons Steel. The Peoria Journal Star is not physically located in this area, but it is a short distance up the river off Galena Rd. It was served by the Rock Island railroad. S. Lucas & Sons Steel is actually A. Lucas & Sons Steel, but changed the name to reflect my friend and boss Sam Lucas.
Thanks to Bing maps, below are photos of three industries:
Peoria Cordage Company
Peoria Journal StarYou can see the former Rock Island right-of-way behind the facility.
S. Lucas & Sons Steel
Rock Island Station, Peoria, IL