As one crew member remarked, "It's always a good day on the Milwaukee Road!" Seven motors head up the daily westbound pulling in excess of 120 cars.
Powered by a matching set of four SD40-2's, a train that has been sitting crewless for two days in western Illinois finally makes its way east through Elgin.
Rack train "ASPKC" sits in the darkness at the Bettendorf, Iowa siding waiting to meet an MKCSP train just out of Nahant Yard.
3 units struggle to get up to speed
A southbound ICE freight rolls past CN's Dubuque local.
The 10 mph speed restriction through Bellevue makes it easy to chase and photograph the street running action.
ICE's Mason City - Kansas City manifest slows down to 10 mph as it enters the street running segment through downtown Bellevue.
A frozen lake is the backdrop as the M-MCKC heads south.
IC&E 6448 pulls M-MCKC through the streets of Bellevue
2 IC&E SD40-2s are in run 8 and quickly accelerating after clearing Bellevue, cruising toward Savannah and eventually Nahant.
Street running, ICE style. An ICE train bound for Kansas City negotiates tight clearances as it casually strolls down the middle of the street at 10mph.
ICE manifest "MMQSA" Passes through Dubuque, Iowa.
ICE manifest "MMQSA" (Marquette-Savanna) Holds the main at Dubuque Yard, waitng to meet an "MKCSP" train before continuing on to Savanna.
Southbound passes by in mid-morning.