In over forty years of railfanning, I've seen a few strange things ... And this is the latest. The rear coupler on Iowa Interstate GP38-2 716 (ex-LLPX 2328, ex-UP 452, ex-UP 1952, ex-EMDX 817, ex... (more)
It's always nice to see an old friend! While exploring Iowa Interstate's engine facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa, finding an old Northern Pacific box car was a pleasant surprise ... even i... (more)
A Canadian National transfer to the nearby Union Pacific yard is about to depart the CN yard in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 14th, 2013. Power for today's train is SD60 5442. Built in December 1... (more)
Amtrak Southwest Limited rolls eastbound as it makes its mid-morning appearance at Fort Madison. An early morning thunderstorm has gave way to hazy sunshine. SDP40F's 521, 505 and 512 lead 12 cars... (more)
Just before a late afternoon thunderstorm U33C's 8511 and 8512 spliced by U30CG 8005 roll past the main street of Fort Madison with an eastbound mixed manifest. These big GE's were getting pretty ... (more)
The ATSF main through Fort Madison hosted a couple CR run through jobs a day back in 1980. Here CR 1952,2783,2194 and 6607 roll slowly toward the Mississippi River draw with an eastbound out of Ka... (more)
A fine looking C-boat leads cowls from both EMD and GE into the late evening haze west of Fort Madison. Quite a difference in appearance from today's railroading with a nearly endless string of bo... (more)
Fort Madison in the summer seems to be hot, humid and sticky...it was sure a great spot to sit back along the Mississippi and watch big time Santa Fe action in the 70's and 80's though. This eastb... (more)
It's a nice day for outdoor work on May 14th, 2013, as Iowa Interstate GP38-2 717 has a traction motor/wheel set replaced on its rear truck at the shop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Photo taken on ... (more)
Sunning themselves in Canadian National's yard in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 14th, 2013, are a pair of Dash 8-40CW diesels with interesting lineages: CN 2144 was originally Santa Fe 818, and I... (more)
TP&W power passed through Fort Madison on run through trains to Kansas City during the 80's. This is a westbound with TPW 2007, CR 3074 and TPW 2008 leading 25 cars along Santa Fe's well maintaine... (more)
An empty ethanol train for Albert City, IA, passes this John Deere Tractor display along highway 30 east of Clarence. This train is 43 miles west of Clinton.
Working hard to keep speed up on the Hogbacks.
In the early morning, a eastbound mixed freight slowly creeps past the former Rock Island Depot into IAIS's Iowa City yard.