MILW 261 trickles out steam & smoke while sitting in BNSF's Lower Yard at Rock Island, IL.
QJ 7081 has just arrived from Iowa City and is parked in front of QJ 6988. The steam crew is busy cleaning out the fire box before inspecting the running gear.
Just in from Iowa City, QJ 6988 ties up at Iowa Interstate's Rock Island Yard.
Several IAIS GP38-2s sit under the sand tower waiting for their next assignment.
Several IAIS GP38-2s sit under the sand tower waiting for their next assignment while two other GP38-2s are fired up to start switching the yard.
The Operation Lifesaver GP38 sits in Rock Island yard waiting for its next assignment.
The power for the 428 local waits as the Ringling Brother's Red Unit heads east out of town.
The inbound crew heads west over the Sylvan Slough for headroom so they can finish up their setout and tie up for the night.
BNSF's Barstow to Bettendorf job uses the IAIS mainline for headroom to setout a handful of interchange cars for the IAIS.
712 waits for clearance to leave the yard with Iowa's new business car "Hawkeye" for a special to Peoria.
The two Chinese 2-10-2's are currently stored in Rock Island. Here they sit with IAIS GP38-2 704 by the yard office.
Workers from the IAIS and Cattani watch as the 7081 is slowly lowered onto the rails.
Two large cranes from Cattani out of Ladd, IL pick up QJ 7081 from its flatcar. The IAIS 717 is preparing to move the flatcar out from under the 7081 and when that is done the 7081 will be lowere... (more)
CBBI's crew is busy doubling up their train as they get ready to head east for Chicago.
The Rock Island switcher has its hands full as it starts down the Milan Branch at 17th Street Rock Island, just under the Centennial Bridge.