Headed south towards Kansas City, the Wimmer Special kicks up the dust on the Spine line.
The Wimmer Special is led by the Centennial between Ames and Jordan, IA this morning.
UP 408 switches the massive Quaker Oats plant in downtown Cedar Rapids on one of its last days working for UP. The ex-CNW GP38-2's are being returned to lessor. UP 409, its sister, has already l... (more)
Milwaukee Road 261 quietly steams in Rock Island awaiting the next days journey to Bureau, IL and back.
Brand new UP 5208 leads a detouring stack train south towards Des Moines on the Spine Line. The train just came off the connection with the E/W Main after picking up a pilot engineer in Nevada. ... (more)
Brand new UP SD70ACe's 8342 and 8337 are the sole power leading a westbound stack train through Ames. Yellow Scotchlite was present on both units.
The cab of 261 glows with the 24 hour caretaking the locomotive receives. Two crew members keep the boiler running overnight.
UPY 741 backs across the Squaw Creek bridge while switching Skei Coal in downtown Ames.
Two matched Phase II SD90AC's lead MSSNP towards Boone.
The Grand Excursion special backs across the Mississippi River towards Savanna to service the engine for the return trip to the Quad Cities.
Running through Clinton, the famous Planters Peanut elevator rises in the background. The old CNW station is just to the right the locomotive.
UP EC-4 works eastbound through Ames this morning.
CNW 'Safety and Reliability' patch UP 9089 leads MDMDM, which has been stashed in the Nevada siding on account of congestion in Des Moines.
Less than a month into it's service on the Iowa Northern, IANR 3807 leads a John Deere special southwards towards Cedar Rapids. The train consisted of 81 flats with two tractors on each. Tonight... (more)
The Grand Excursion special crosses the IC&E causeway heading through Sabula, IA destined for Savanna, IL, just across the Mississippi River.