One of Iowa Interstate's QJ Steam locomotives is the point of the first of the day's excursions as it speeds west through rural Iowa.
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive 6988 leads an excursion past the grain elevator in Altoona, Iowa, being run as a benefit for local fire departments.
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive 6988 leads the return trip east on the first train of the day, crossing over 8th Street in Altoona pulling a passenger train being run as a benefit for local fi... (more)
The 6988 marks the rear of the second benefit run of the day as the train returns to Brooklyn.
With Henry Posner III at the throttle, Iowa Interstate 6988 leads the deadhead of the benefit train past the former Rock Island/Minneapolis & St. Louis depot as they cross the diamond with Union P... (more)
Iowa Interstate 6988 has coupled up to its train & is pulling out of the shop lead as it begins its deadhead move to Brooklyn, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate 703 leads the final benefit run of the day back into Mitchellville, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate 6988 leads the second benefit run of the day through the farmland between Mitchellville & Altoona, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate 6988 pulls the benefit train out of the siding so the diesel can pull the train to the loading platform for the first run of the day.
Iowa Interstate 6988 returns to Mitchellville with the second of two test trips for the benefit of the Mitchellville Volunteer Fire Department the next day.
"A Nice Surprise"
After landing in Des Moines earlier that morning and getting my rental car, I headed straight for Newton in the hopes of catching the ferry move to Mitchellville, expecting th... (more)
IAIS QJ 6988 departs Brooklyn on an excursion to Victor as viewed from the open platform on the IAIS business car Hawkeye.
IAIS QJ 6988 departs Brooklyn passing the former Rock Island depot and maintenance shed with an excursion to Victor.