FT 3039-2 C&EI 2 Bay Hopper 97668 + 97687 FT 3039 C&EI 2 Bay Hopper (2) The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad (CEI) linked Chicago to Southern Illinois, St. Louis, and Evansville. Founded in 1877, it grew aggressively and stayed strong throughout the Great Depression and two World Wars. After WWII, great effort was made to create a modern system to serve Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. The Missouri Pacific RR began buying C&EI shares in the early 1960s and gained control in 1967, with a requirement that part of the C&EI went to the Louisville and Nashville RR! In 1976, MOPAC finally merged with C&EI and it's Western Routes are now part of the Union Pacific RR, while it's Eastern Routes are part of CSX. Full Throttle presents a pair of quite contemporary C&EI post-war coalers with loads created by Hay Brothers.