Growing up on the Grand Trunk Western gave me an appreciation for the versatility of the SW1200RS. Here an ex-Central Vermont unit leads an ex-CP SW900 and an old Rock Island hopper.
An old grain elevator, an MOW track cart, jointed rail with some spare sticks alongside. I imagine not much has changed since the Milwaukee Road bankruptcy other than the locomotive paint.
Who says South Dakota doesn't have scenery or cool railroads?
The CN turn crosses Cedar Lake while working around town.
The sound was stellar as a quintet of four axles accelerates out of a slow order.
They day started out slow in Waterloo with nothing shootable on the Iowa Northern or CN, so we headed down to Cedar Rapids and ran into the CN turn with a nice pair of SD60s.
Crandic Job 3 with an MP15 holds while Job 4 drags a long cut of cars with an odd looking Relco unit in the new paint scheme.
The Cedar Rapids to South Amana job is a short but heavy 53/10, 7190 tonnage, 3968 length. There will be another job running up to Cedar Rapids this afternoon to pull the remaining tonnage.
The future is hard to predict. Would could have seen UP running over AT&SF's crown jewel?
Short, hot Z-piggy running around everything else.
Running on Crandic trackage rights, the Iowa Interstate job heads back to their new yard.
Two great paint schemes through the fields of Iowa.
BNSF paint compliments the fall colors in rural Missouri.
UP ZG4TU 17 is finally on the move after spending 6 hours at Gorin moving/setting out CSXT 18 with a locked axle. This gummed up the railroad, providing us with 8 westbounds in the last 3 hours o... (more)
The blue bell catches the last rays of light under an ancient country bridge.