Updated February 23rd, 2017
"Looking to the future, honoring the past"
Ashkum is a farming railroad town which features a large grain elevator and silo complex. It currently is one of the few areas where you can still see a standing Illinois Central switch tower with signal gantry. Ashkum also still has its old depot around with a historic downtown.
Ashkum Tower & Signals
Ashkum tower was built to originally to house a signal and switch operator which was required when there was still two mainlines and the siding. Now Ashkum is where the Ashkum siding comes to an end. The siding runs north and cut back to single main just south of Clifton, IL. There is a switch south of downtown where the track lead to the elevators cuts from the main.