Former Rock Island GP7 1275, the only ex-RI engine on the IAIS roster, leads the eastbound CBBI through Marengo.
The South Amana to Cedar Rapids Turn is running a little late today. Here the job is yarding their train on the east end of the South Amana Yard. The Iowa Interstate used these radio controlled sw... (more)
An extra job out of South Amana to Newton and back, works at Kellogg to spot 25 empties. This job met the Des Moines switcher at Newton today. This job has work at Malcom yet before returning to S... (more)
The Des Moines Switcher heads back to Des Moines with a few cars from the South Amana job they meet at Newton today. Here they pass one of the few restored depots along the Iowa Interstate, ex-Roc... (more)
Power lays over at the shop in Iowa City. The Iowa Interstate is currently building a new shop and yard near South Amana. I would expect this facility to be closed once the new shops are open. Tha... (more)
A late Blue Island, IL, to Council Bluffs, IA, west train, rolls towards Newton with 6800 feet of train. they have work at Marengo and Kellogg en route. Here they begin to slow down for the work a... (more)
A late Blue Island, IL, to Council Bluffs, IA, west train rolls towards Newton with 6800 feet of train. They have work at Marengo and Kellogg enroute to Newton. Here they pass Homestead which is l... (more)
The CRIC turn passes through Homestead.
The Blue Island, IL, to Council Bluffs, IA, manifest train is a decent size today with its 91 cars for the west and 3 units. The crew just picked 33 empties at Yocum Connection that came out of Ce... (more)
The Blue Island, IL, to Council Bluffs, IA, manifest train kicks up snow as they blast towards Newton, the next crew change. The sun is getting low on this cold afternoon. The train is running alo... (more)
GEVO's 501 and 502 lead the Cedar Rapids turn up the east leg of the wye at Yocum Connection.
BNSF GEVO 5788 pushes a detouring coal train past the Homestead Station marker.
The eastbound BNSF detouring coal train holds the main while the westbound CBBI (the longer train) pulls towards the west end of the Brooklyn siding.
With the power swapped, westbound GEVO 501 pulls up to the west switch on the siding to let the eastbound pass.
With torch, bar, and maul in hand, crews attempt to clean the packed snow from the front coupler on 507. Operating with only one working headlight and the MU cable ripped out, it's easy to see how... (more)