A trio of GP38-2's led by 712 wait on the main while the east bound passes on the siding.
Henry Posner III's two QJs, 7081 and 6988, do their best to darken the sky as they climb a hill east of Adair with an 88-car manifest, which set the record for most steam-hauled tonnage in the 21s... (more)
Hopefully, we'll get another chance soon to see two 2-10-2s romping through Iowa on a revenue freight. Watching the QJs cross over Route 59 was an unforgettable experience.
"Old School" power leads todays west train.
Iowa Interstate's Blue Island - Council Bluffs road freight waits for the Metra rush to end before it proceeds west. The SD38s are finally making their way to Chicagoland.
After dropping about half of their train on the hill, the QJs pound westward into the setting sun to make Council Bluffs on time.
Fans and residents came from all over to get a glimpse of the two Chinese 2-10-2s as they made a water stop in Anita during Jim Gunning and Bill Raia's June photo charter.
A quartet of Geep 38's head west.
Unfortunately, the smoke from QJ 7081 obscures the trailing 2-10-2 and the freight train as the Steam Specials photo charter blasts through Wiota at around 40 MPH.
The west train rolls through Marengo while a rail gang takes the weekend off.
4 Iowa Interstate GP38-2s work hard to maintain 30mph as they cruise west out of Chicago on the old Rock Island main.
Iowa Interstate's road frieght out of Chicagoland accelerates through the forest preserves in the south suburbs.
3 IAIS GP38-2s have 2 ex-Soo Line GP-9s in tow as they wait for an outbound Metra to clear before departing Chicago for Council Bluffs.
3 IAIS GP38-2s lead 2 ex-Soo high hood GP-9s west through a superelevated curve in Mokena during sunset.
Iowa Interstate's daily Blue Island - Council Bluffs train accelerates through Tinley Park as it passes the Metra station clocktower.