UP 1111 leads "The NPPR" around the Bertram curves.
An EB UP intermodal rounds the curve up to Bertram, IA. Sure has become overgrown in the last few decades.
A North Platte to Chicago manifest had a small treat on the point today. We headed out for a small chase after they got done with their work at Beverly. This monster freight begins to stretch thei... (more)
The UP route thru Iowa has always been well known for the ATC signal territory. The ATC meant that only a CNW, or now days, an UP motor could lead on trains. With the coming PTC changes on all rai... (more)
7182 rounds the sweeping bend at Bertram with a long train of coal.
Union Pacific's Western Pacific heritage unit leads a double stack train around the curve and into Bertram on a foggy morning.
Union Pacific 3505 and two NS units pull a manifest through the huge curve and into Bertram, Iowa.
A pair of 70M's lead a short auto rack eastbound under the Highway 13 bridge.
A westbound vehicle train negotiates the sweeping curve at Bertram at sunset.
An ex-CNW GE, still in green and yellow is in the lead of a westbound empty coal train that has just come down the hill from Mt. Vernon and makes the curve at Bertram before heading across the Ced... (more)
A half dozen auto racks are in between the power UP 8554 and 7846 east and a string of containers climbing out of the Cedar River Valley east of Cedar Rapids.
It's nearing sunset when westbound UP ES44AC 7855 rounds the bend under US 13 bridge and heads for Cedar Rapids with a load of containers.
With the track detector and "no defects" two miles behind, UP 7678 leads a container train out of the Cedar River valley and upgrade towards Mt. Vernon.
UP 4840, a Phase II SD70M, leads an eastbound racker/stacker around Bertram Curve.
These hearty Iowa cattle pay no attention to the coal empty as it glides to a stop east of Bertram, IA. The temperature was in the single digits and the wind was howling, making the wind chills w... (more)