Isn't too hard to find the Iowa Traction lines, just follow the pole line! This Monday morning finds 2 jobs out at Emery doing a push-pull operation to get cars spotted at the local gas customer. ... (more)
One thing that is kind of cool about the Iowa Traction is how the operator must change the trolley pole for the direction of travel. So the operator does alot of moving around from end to end as h... (more)
Emery is where the Iowa Traction is based with a yard and a few customers. Alot of operations happen more in Mason City around the AGP plant, so I was happy to get some rare mileage for me. The IA... (more)
Engineer John Richards takes Iowa Traction trolley 727 east from Emery with a Steve Glischinski railfan special. The passengers are members of the railfan group who are riding to Mason City while ... (more)
IATR 50 has a short freight train on the main line, and CNS&M 727 has just left the carbarn at Emery (IATR owner Dave Johnson is at the controls). The Iowa Traction is the last operating interurb... (more)
The headquarters of the IATR is in Emery, where No. 54 is seen with a short freight consist during a photo charter in October 2010.
IATR 54 is a 50-ton steeplecab built by Baldwin-Westinghouse ... (more)
If it's summer in Iowa, there must be thunderstorms! A spectacular thunderhead nearly covers the horizon to the east of Mason City, while IATR #60 stands ready for the next day's chores at the ya... (more)
Iowa Traction No. 50 is dwarfed by the ICE gondola it is coupled to at Emery.
Iowa Traction No. 50, a steeplecab electric built in 1920, rolls downgrade towards Clear Lake after finishing its work at AGP.
The motorman changes the poles on IATR No. 50 while switching cars at Butler Siding near Clear Lake Junction.
Iowa Traction 54 with a short 8 car train near Clear Lake Junction. No. 54 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in May 1923 as Southern Iowa Railway 400. When that road took down its wires in 1967,... (more)
Nicely maintained GE 44 tonner works a scrap yard at Emery. This is the cleanest scrap yard I’ve ever seen!
Two trains wait to depart Emery in the early morning hours.
Iowa Traction 50 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in October 1920 for the Washington & Old Dominion. This antique is still used to move freight cars.