Rock Island heritage crosses the Iowa River as Iowa Interstate's BICB train shows why "It's Great To Be A Hawkeye!"
Iowa Interstate #513 hustles the West Train through Atalissa en route to Yard Limit South Amana.
IAIS #153 leads the SISW switcher into the yard for an afternoon of work before returning to Silvis.
2015 is closed out at the site of the former CRI&P Depot at Davenport, Iowa. Pictured is Iowa Interstate's Rock Island heritage unit #513 taking the point on the Blue Island-Council Bluffs manifes... (more)
A westbound junk manifest ducks under a likely soon to be replaced ex-Southern Pacific cantilever signal at the Wellton crossovers.
Iowa Interstate's BICB train crosses over Interstate 280 with the newly delivered IAIS #516 in tow. The unit will be dropped off at the shops in South Amana to be set up for duty.
BNSF #705 leads CP's #472 train north towards a meet with a southbound train at Bettendorf on a bitter cold January day.
The Bureau Rocket scoots westbound at Green River with cars for Silvis Yard. The EMD duo will have cars for back haul upon dropping this train, likely Peoria manifest.
A well used TFM SD-70MAC leads a short time CP southbound manifest at Oneida Landing in Davenport.
A pair of KCS "Belles" bring up a CP manifest train westbound at Lanark.
Mixed power on an eastbound CP train at Davenport with BNSF #519 leading the way.
A CBBI freight hurries eastbound past the former foundry buildings in Durant.
A heavy powered west train passes the ghosts of the Rock Island Lines, as the crew prepares the assault up the hill at Davenport.
NS #8114, honoring the first incarnation of Norfolk Southern, leads an empty oil can train towards Chicago, where it will be handed off to BNSF.
A westbound coal load takes the main through the siding at Abingdon, Illinois. The coming of spring will see footings installed for replacement of the CB&Q-era searchlight signals.
NKP heritage leads an empty oil train on BNSF's Brookfield Sub, ducking under the code lines at Prairie City.
An empty oil train crosses the former TP&W diamonds at Bushnell, led by NS' Nickel Plate heritage unit.
Oil trains are becoming more frequent on the C&I as proven by Norfolk Southern's S&A heritage unit #1065 leading an empty back home for a refill.
The Peavine's Santa Fe heritage shines through as BNSF's Chicago-Phoenix intermodal passes over AZ Highway 89 at Paulden.
The Phoenix Z train pops out of the bowl at Skull Valley on the Peavine.
Two different transcons in view as a westbound Z-train ducks under Interstate 40 on the Seligman sub.
Illinois Terminal heritage unit NS #1072 lead the Galesburg-Grand Forks manifest at Osborn.
Challenger #3985 pulls an NRHS Convention special southbound on the former C&EI.
The East train pulls through the John Deere Commons area of downtown Moline, headed for Silvis Yard.
#271 rolls northbound into the south end of Nahant Yard behind a red dipped former Soo SD60.
NS' D32 train takes a ride westbound on the ex-Nickel Plate. Upon arrival at Good Yard in Bloomington, the crew will take this train's counterpart back to Decatur.
BNSF's Clinton local comes into the east side of Iowa Interstate's Rock Island yard, led by an 8600-series GE still looking nice in H1 dress.
The Sunday run of the Nebraska Zephyr departs CUS. Making good time, this train will hit Galesburg in just under three hours.
The Nebraska Zephyr weaves it's way westbound through Buda with an Illinois Railway Museum-Amtrak excursion.
Having just crossed the Mississippi River, NS' Reading heritage unit #1067 steps into Iowa for the first time with an empty bucket train.
A pair of NS heritage locomotives pull a coal empty westbound on the Ottumwa Sub.
A Seattle-Chicago Z train approaches the east switch at Stratford on BNSF's Aurora Sub.
Two classics cross paths at Schmidt Road near DM&E's West Dav Yard, as NKP 765 readies for a wye move and return to Rock Island during Trainfest 2011.
Back in it's former stomping grounds, a SOO SD-60M leads CP's Twin Cities-Kansas City manifest over Duck Creek.
With the Modern Woodmen building looming over, an ex-Santa Fe #500 class GE leads BNSF's Galesburg-Clinton job, weaving it's way towards the approach to the Crescent Bridge and across the Mississi... (more)
A string of EMD hulks sit at the east end of the Silvis shops, waiting further disposition.
CP's B73 local heads up the former RI Golden State mainline towards Missouri Div. Junction where the train will take Iowa Interstate rails into Illinois.
Heritage 1 painted #974 hammers uphill with an eastbound Z train, passing an idle S-SEALPC tucked away in the siding at Burke.
Having finished switching duties at Bement, two EMD brutes have a D32 train northbound, crossing over the Bridge Street underpass in downtown Monticello,
A BNSF business extra splits downtown Orion on the Barstow Sub.
An eastbound Iowa Interstate detour move charges the hill near Orion on the Barstow sub, destination Galesburg and then the Peoria sub to IAIS rails in Peoria proper.
IAIS #513 rolls near Adams Street with a detouring "BICB" train headed for BNSF's Peoria Sub. The train will use the route to get to Galesburg, then ride the Barstow Sub home to Colona, IL.
IAIS steam engine #6988 leads a cut of passenger cars westbound through East Moline.
A KCS grain move rolls eastbound through Moline towards Iowa Interstate's Silvis storage tracks, where the train will tied down for later forwarding to the DM&E at Davenport, Iowa.
An eastbound KCS train on Iowa Interstate rails crosses over 4th and Pershing Street(s) in downtown Davenport.
IRM's Nebraska Zephyr creeps through the siding at Bettendorf for a meet with a southbound freight.
IRM's Nebraska Zephyr sits in the hole for BNSF's Clinton-Galesburg manifest at the north end of the Bettendorf siding.
Nickel Plate #765 arrives in the Quad Cities for Trainfest 2011, pacing the auto traffic near the Deere Commons on ILL-92.
Illinois Railway Museum's westbound deadhead move to Trainfest 2011 nears the ILL-72 overpass with the Nebraska Zephyr's E-5 leading the way.
Nickel Plate #765 West brings it deadhead move into the Quad Cities, crossing BNSF's Barstow Subdivision at Colona.
#765 powers through Geneseo towards Trainfest 2011 at Rock Island.
Illinois Railway Museum's CB&Q E-5 moves crosses 18th Avenue on the Rockford branch on it's trek to Trainfest 2011.
After pulling the 11:00am excursion to Walcott, NKP #765 pulled off it's train and wyed at the Iowa approach to the Crescent Bridge via DM&E at West Davenport. Here the Berkshire is seen eastbound... (more)
The eastbound Bureau Rail Express passes the former Rock Island depot at Tiskilwa during Trainfest 2011. NKP #765 is more than up to the task.
NKP 765 pulls the 11:00am Walcott train over Third Street in downtown Davenport.
NKP #765 leads Trainfest 2011's 11:00am Walcott run over Interstate 280.
NKP 765 West knocks down Atkinson with the Bureau Express.
NKp 765 gets some attention from a crew member at Trainfest 2011.
QJs 6988 & 7088 team up to haul the "Turn" eastbound out of Iowa City, showing they can turn a buck while on the way to Trainfest 2011 in the Quad Cities.
Illinois Railway Museum's Nebraska Zephyr trainset heads west at Leaf River on the DM&E enroute to Trainfest 2011.
A BNSF high-wide load for Alcoa's Davenport Works makes it's way northbound on DM&E's Davenport Sub, with an NS 2500 class SD-70 pointing the way.
A bright Memorial Day morning finds the northbound crew on BNSF's Galesburg-Clinton job approaching the south end of the siding at LeClaire. They'll take the siding and meet their counterpart CLIG... (more)
After a pick up at Leaf River, A #589 train proceeds west towards Savanna as the cooling towers from the Byron nuclear facility loom behind.
Power for the Galesburg switcher prepares to be checked out by the forces in the shop before the next call to duty.
Having just met a westbound train at Ebner, a #9100 series ACe leads a taconite train towards Galesburg on the P-vine.
A westbound Cedar Rapids coal train gets the line up across BNSF's Barstow Subdivision at Colona.
An Iowa Interstate plow train backs into the racks at Iowa City for fuel before pushing on west. IAIS' plow #7511 led the Council Bluffs-Bureau flip after a strong winter storm drifted the eastern... (more)
An extra out of Blue Island with 150-plus cars hustles westbound, kicking the drifts at the depot in Geneseo.
A re-routed BNSF coal load proceeds east over I-280 on Iowa Interstate rails. BNSF has ran occasional traffic over the IAIS due to bridge work on the Ottumwa Sub at Burlington, Iowa.
A very late West train has the #512 in the lead, with a generous cut of ethanol empties tucked behind.
The eastbound turn comes into Coralville, passing the Hawkeye Express football train tucked away in the siding at Vernon. The Express will be fired up later this afternoon to hustle Iowa fans to K... (more)
An eastbound coal load leaves Galva in it's wake, approaching a CB&Q-era signal bridge that will likely be gone by the end of the year.
A westbound coal empty passes under the endangered CB&Q-era signal bridge at Buda. The hardware for the mast signals replacing it are staged in containers to the left.
A westbound bucket train passes under the intermediates near Orchard Road, just a few weeks before de-activation of this classic CB&Q style signal bridge.
A coal load takes main track #1 underneath a short time CB&Q-era signal bridge at Somonauk.
Behind a pair of GEs, the Rock Island turn rolls off the Government Bridge into Davenport with a warrant good to Iowa City.
The "BN" Barstow job pulls through the dip southbound, under the Government Bridge while above, an Iowa Interstate MW #311 job utilizes a vacuum truck on flat car to perform routine clean up acros... (more)
A westbound stacker rolls off the Mississippi River draw span. UP has a long term plan to replace this crossing with a new "fly-over" bridge with long approaches. A new crew change office will so... (more)
A DM&E #170 train cools it's heels at Mound Street in the East Village, waiting for permission into Nahant Yard.
A Herzog ballast train plies it's way down the Mississippi on the DM&E Davenport Sub in preperation for a tie and surfacing project.
The CP Geometry train makes a rare visit on DM&E's 7-mile Eldridge branch as the train crosses 53rd Street in Davenport.
Rock Island heritage unit #513 brings an Iowa Interstate business train westbound off the Government Bridge into downtown Davenport.
IAIS' business train passes a DM&E syrup train that will follow the special across the Government Bridge at Rock Island for deliver to the DME proper at West Dav Yard.
Iowa Interstate's business train crosses the Rock River at Colona. Rock Island heritage unit #513 leads the way.
After a breif wait for a BNSF westbound on the Barstow Sub, IAIS #513 leads the company business cars through the interlocking at Colona.
The IAIS' business train runs westbound across the former Rock Island with #513 in the lead.
In some ways, it's as though the Rock is reborn as an Iowa Interstate GEVO leads the CBBI freight past the growing IAIS yard at Silvis.
The "new" yard in front of the NRE (former RI) Silvis Sh... (more)
An Iowa Interstate East train parts the town founded by A.C. Fulton. "Fulton" as the town was called, later was re-named to Stockton as the town became a large holding area for livestock to be loa... (more)
Rock Island heritage unit #513 pays homage to the RI depot at Wilton while leading a short "East" train towards the Quad Cities.
After a quick fuel up at Iowa City. #513 departs Iowa City with the East train and a warrant straight to Rock Island.