This empty ethanol train begins the process of spotting the train at the Valero Plant at Tara. The train will park on the outside loop track which Valero uses to build and load unit trains. CN use... (more)
A coal empty out of East Dubuque or Williams, is about to take the Cherokee Sub towards Sioux City for the final leg of the trip. These trains would come and go from the BNSF at Sioux City. The ol... (more)
Once a connection and diamond between the IC and M&St.L, this gate at Tara stood the test of time (Lot longer than I thought).....Unfortunately on August 9, 2018, the gate was retired after the CN... (more)
The Denison Turn local heads out of Ft. Dodge enroute with a meet with L572 at Denison. Here the local passes over the Union Pacific Tara Sub at Tara. This gate is only 1 of 2 gated diamonds left ... (more)
Diamonds protected by gates aren't very common in Iowa anymore. Only a couple are left, and this one at Tara is on the schedule to be updated. The CN and UP are putting in signals so the UP doesn'... (more)
L568's crew has just got off at Tara due to hours of service and the Waterloo crew has boarded and is heading out of Tara for the trip to Waterloo, IA. The train is coming off the Cherokee Sub ont... (more)
An East Dubuque, ILL to Sioux City, IA empty coal train is on the way west again after meeting a Williams coal train at Tara. This train is passing the eastbound distant signal for the start of CT... (more)
Spring thunder storms rumble thru Central Iowa as L569 does it's local work at Tara. Heavy rain, nickel size hail and close lightning made for some fun times while pulling 53 cars out of Verasun f... (more)
As the full moon is about to set at sunrise C778 is sitting behing L568 waiting for them to finish up their work at Tara before following them into Ft Dodge.
9911 is starting into CTC at Tara and is going from the Cherokee Sub to the Waterloo Sub. L572 sit on the Omaha Sub dead waiting for a new crew.
The old Tara depot has seen it's better days. L573 has just gotten done with their work at Tara and has a diverging clear to head towards Council Bluffs.
IC 1008 sit in Tara yard while L569 does some local work at the ethanol plant at Tara on it's way west towards Marcus.
G805's crew is about to blast off for for Ida Grove with it's 98 car empty grain train.