As the sun sets, UP 7484 leads a coal train around the Belle Plaine, IA S curves.
With a bonus cancelled school day, we ventured out into the Iowa winter landscape. We made an afternoon on the UP's Clinton Sub between Blairstown and Belle Plaine. Traffic was light as we only se... (more)
Traffic was light on the UP's Clinton Sub as we only seen 7 eastbounds between 12-5pm, and **NO** westbounds this day. The Council Bluffs to Proviso junker that has a bunch of power as they move e... (more)
Traffic was light on the UP's Clinton Sub as we only seen 7 eastbounds between 12-5pm, and **NO** westbounds this day. One eastbound we got was this loaded coal train. here the train fights the gr... (more)
UP's westbound VP special has been cruising along since leaving Clinton, but that good speed has come to an end. UP seemed to be in meltdown mode on their east-west main thru Iowa today. Dead trai... (more)
A short Oakland Z-train has just passed thru the town of Belle Plaine in central Iowa. The train is 117 miles west of Clinton, IA. This is the 3rd westbound Z-train making its way across Iowa in t... (more)
The engineer on this Proviso Yard, IL, to North Platte, NE, manifest train eases thru Belle Plaine and lets gravity work his land barge junk train over the grade here. These SD90-43's are getting ... (more)
An eastbound intermodal train with a nice matching quartet of ES44ACs passes through the Iowa countryside at harvest time. Taken from private property with permission.
Eastbound coal train rolls east near sunset past this old ex-Chicago North Western depot at Belle Plaine. This depot was orginially built in 1894. It hasnt seen much use in many years but still is... (more)
A westbound empty coal train rolls through Belle Plaine on their way back to the mine.
UP 7820 leads a westbound Z train through the crossovers at West Belle Plaine.
EMT Coal splitting the new signals from the new CTC that was installed
EMT Coal making it's way West in to a sunset