Where else can you find historic steeplecabs pulling freight in the United States? The answer: no where. The Iowa Traction Railroad is one of the last electric freight operations in the country. T... (more)
The middle of summer in America's heartland.
Another timeless workday on the Iowa Traction begins with a pickup off the ICE interchange (seen on the right track), motor #54 with it's distinctive headlamps backs into the siding where sister #... (more)
The conductor positions the rear pole while the engineer looks out the window on one of the Iowa Traction 90 year old museum pieces.
The classic IATR view at AGP. The photo charter is over and the railfan contingent has departed excepting a couple stragglers including yours truly facinated by this 1920's throwback on a workday... (more)
IATR 54 brings a cut of three covered hoppers up to the DM&E interchange from the AGP feed mill.
IATR 54 hauls a short freight consist over Bridge No. 1 near the AGP plant in Mason City.
IATR 54 is a 50-ton steeplecab built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in May 1923, #56538, as Southern Iowa Rail... (more)
The headquarters of the IATR is in Emery, where No. 54 is seen with a short freight consist during a photo charter in October 2010.
IATR 54 is a 50-ton steeplecab built by Baldwin-Westinghouse ... (more)
IATR 54 was built in 1923 for the Southern Iowa Railway. Three years shy of its 90th birthday, it's still going strong on the Iowa Traction. Thanks to Steve Glischinski for setting this up. Lig... (more)
Baldwin-Westinghouse No. 54 shoves cars into the AGP elevator at Mason City on the frozen-in-time Iowa Traction Railroad.
87 years old and still kicking! IATR 54, built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in May 1923 for the Southern Iowa Railway, waits for a call to duty at Mason City, Iowa.
IATR 54 wheels across 19th street with 3 loaded cars for the ICE. Amazing to see in this day and age this turn of the 20th century technology.
IATR 54 is dwarfed by both the AGP plant and its hopper cars in Mason City, IA. Such a neat little operation and friendly employees, hope this continues for another 100 years.
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