As cold weather sets in the rail on the railroads will go thru some strain. As the steel cools with winter temperatures, it contracts. That means any points that are weak will break or pull apart.... (more)
A loaded sand train eases down the steep Rutledge Hill into Ottumwa. Coming down this 1.8% hill can be a challenge, especially when MofW wants walking speed due to a pull apart. I was impressed ho... (more)
The daily St. Paul to Kansas City freight for CP is on their way down Rutledge Hill into Ottumwa. The train will cross the BNSF Ottumwa Sub, then cross the Des Moines River, before a crew change i... (more)
The inbound California Zephyr engineer from Lincoln gets off the train at Ottumwa while the outbound waits. The train swaps engineers only here at Ottumwa in south central Iowa. This train will ta... (more)
A loaded sand train eases down the steep Rutledge Hill into Ottumwa. The train is currently being walked over a pull apart. Coming down this 1.8% hill can be a challenge, especially when MofW want... (more)
It’s 11:45 a.m. and we’re running a couple hours late, meeting and passing through plenty of BNSF freight traffic in Iowa aboard Amtrak’s eastbound California Zephyr on November 7, 2018. Cruising ... (more)
With a heavy set in the brakes and the dynamics going, this engineer eases this Kansas City bound 474 down the 1.8% Rutledge Hill. This beast is over 17,000 tons and 8600 feet long, and has 1x1 DP... (more)
A loaded Muscatine coal train pulls into the CP Ottumwa Yard. The BNSF crew out of Creston will pull the train down the main for the outbound CP crew. The train will change directions to go to Mus... (more)
Ex-IC SD40A at Ottumwa on train 430.
Static display of a CB&Q passenger engine at the old CB&Q Division headquarters in Ottumwa. When I got transferred down there on the CP all that occupied the buildings was the Amtrak station.
A Norfolk Southern standard cab SD70 leads a colorful consist around the curve at MP 305 on the Canadian Pacific Laredo Subdivision just south of Ottumwa, IA.
BNSF 6191 leads CP train 828 up the 1.7% Rutledge Hill in Ottumwa, IA. I would later become the student conductor on this train.
California Zephyr heads East through Ottumwa.