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Amtrak Across Iowa
The California Zephyr cuts across the state at night on its way west, but runs in daylight while heading east. The Southwest Chief runs through the Southeast corner of Iowa, stopping only in Fort Madison.
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Photo ID: 813829

The CB&Q originally built across the Missouri Rive back in 1880. The Burlington and Missouri River Railroad had reached Plattsmouth in 1870 while working west from Creston towards Lincoln. The CB&... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: West of Pacific Junction, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 45
Train ID: AMTK #6
Photo Date: June 29, 2022


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Oct 05, 2022

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Photo ID: 808759

Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr makes its evening run across the BNSF Ottumwa Sub, cruising through Chillicothe, Iowa a few miles past its last station stop in Ottumwa. Trailing 3rd is Siemen... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P40DC
Location: Chillicothe, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 816
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: July 12, 2019


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By: mtnclimberjoe

Added: Jul 30, 2022

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Photo ID: 807273

The California Zephyr blast east enroute for Chicago. The next stop is at Osceola about 20 miles ahead. They pass the small town of Murray on the BNSF Ottumwa Sub in southern Iowa.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Murray, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 142
Train ID: AMTK #6
Photo Date: March 10, 2022


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Jul 11, 2022

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Photo ID: 806168

After completing its station stop in Ottumwa, Iowa, Amtrak's California Zephyr throttles up and continues west into the setting sun. On the point of this day's train is P42DC 160, painted for the ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Ottumwa, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 160
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: June 08, 2022


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By: mtnclimberjoe

Added: Jun 27, 2022

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Photo ID: 797861

The California Zephyr sweeps around the big curve between Melrose and Russell on the BNSF Ottumwa Sub. A beautiful white countryside is seen from overnight frost and a snow storm. The train is 43 ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: West of Melrose, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 45
Train ID: AMTK #6
Photo Date: January 16, 2022


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Mar 12, 2022

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Photo ID: 785166

Amtrak's California Zephyr speeds westbound into the setting sun as it travels over BNSF trackage, crossing over the Des Moines River on the west side of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Ottumwa, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 15
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: August 03, 2021


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By: mtnclimberjoe

Added: Oct 20, 2021

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Photo ID: 746122

Someone at BNSF should be pretty proud they spent some money to get this fancy control point done. Guessing that taxpayers or the utility company (taxpayers again) payed for this setup, sure it wa... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: West of Chillicothe, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 189
Train ID: AMTK #5
Photo Date: May 29, 2020


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Aug 24, 2020

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Photo ID: 734964

Amtrak #6 is seen at Red Oak with plenty of express business on the head end.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Red Oak, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 303
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 01, 1993


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By: Paul F. De Luca

Added: May 04, 2020

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Photo ID: 726721

The Eastbound California Zephyr races through rural Iowa heading for Chicago.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Zero, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 51
Train ID: 6
Photo Date: February 22, 2020


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By: Sambro333

Added: Feb 24, 2020

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Photo ID: 689368

Coming to a stop at the new Station the old one is still down town.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 288
Train ID: AMTK 4
Photo Date: March 14, 1987


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By: Scott Marsh

Added: Mar 01, 2019

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Photo ID: 678865

Amtrak's California Zephyr makes good time as they blast thru Fairfield on the BNSF Ottumwa Sub. The train is passing the old ex-CB&Q freight depot which is still used by the BNSF MofW personnel. ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 53
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: November 11, 2018


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Nov 27, 2018

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Photo ID: 656230

The California Zephyr makes it's evening trek across southern Iowa. Here the train is about 20 miles west of Burlington, with Mount Pleasant as the next station stop in 15 miles. The small town of... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Danville, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 204
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: April 07, 2018


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Apr 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 656229

Amtrak's California Zephyr is stopped at the Burlington station stop roughly 2 hour late. The train now has the highball and will creep towards the Mississippi River Bridge in less than a mile and... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Burlington, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 174
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: April 07, 2018


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Apr 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 620964

Four P42s power today's Southwest Chief. This power is due to the large amount of mail cars on the rear of the train which was not uncommon in this time period.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: 6
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 18, 1999


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By: BN-SF

Added: Jun 24, 2017

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Photo ID: 588305

The westbound Southwest Chief is right on time as it makes it's way across the former Santa Fe bridge in Fort Madison, Iowa. At Ft. Madison, the train wil leave the Chillicothe Sub and enter the M... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 85
Train ID: A 3
Photo Date: August 20, 2016


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By: Justin Sandlin

Added: Sep 07, 2016

Views: 2,403
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