Three Illinois Central SD40-2s sit in the Council Bluffs yard. Photo taken with permission.
In the late 1970's Union Pacific has side-lined its fleet of DD35A and B-units. Based on operating expenses, units began phasing out in the late 1970's with the B-units being hit hardest. UP 71 ha... (more)
The daily Omaha transfer job leaves the yard for a fun day of switching! This unit also has a pretty nice P5 horn.
Fox Park was opened by the UP in 1971 and closed in 2001. As far as I can tell this was the only place business cars were kept except the ex-SP cars on the west coast at Oakland. After its closing... (more)
On a bitterly cold day with a wind chill hovering around -25 degrees fahrenheit, CN painted GTW 4903 leads the CN Omaha job onto the UP trackage. This geep is a nice change of pace from the SD60s ... (more)
Crossing the E-W mains over to the CB&Q yard is NW's transfer, the lineage of this GP7 goes back to the original Wabash roster, the railroad that served the Bluffs up from Moberly, MO. up till 196... (more)
This was a 3-unit set when purchased with the Lucky Strike scheme, A-B-A with the A up front as seen in this group roster at Council Bluffs summer 1967.
The last F7 ordered by CGW looking worn and weary by 1967, 18 years into service.
Upon arrival at Council Bluffs this was the first shot of the surroundings exposed on John's roll of film, the human side of railroading always a treat to see.
A chilly January day finds the Iowa Interstate making a delivery to the Union Pacific.
This double-diesel was only two years into it's service life when John captured it at Council Bluffs in the summer of 1967. It's B-mate sits behind--Four motors, two bodies, one cab. For a closer ... (more)
The Milwaukee had a small facility at Council Bluffs with an assortment of power waiting for assignment when John dropped by.