IAIS 6988 charges eastbound just outside town with the first of the Mitchellville steam excursions!
Iowa Interstate "QJ" #6988 really brought out the crowds as the Datong, China built steam locomotive highballs through the small town of Altoona, Iowa.
Railfans who were fortunate enough to witness the last years of steam on the Jitong Railway will never forget the experience, particularly if they braved the sub-freezing temperatures to capture t... (more)
6988 is out in the country but will soon arrive in Mitchellville.
Iowa Interstate QJ 6988 leads a excursion east, just west of Michellville.
Iowa Interstate QJ 6988 leads a excursion into Mitchellville. Word on the street has it this is the last weekend of excursions for the 6988 before retirement.
6988 leads one of its trips back into Mitchellville, where it will re-load passengers.
IAIS QJ 6988 leads the 2nd trip out of five up the hill and into Altoona.
IAIS QJ #6988 leads an eastbound passenger train at Altoona Iowa.
Running between the corn and the soy beans the 6988 eastbound a couple of miles west of Mitchellville on it's first run with it's whistle screaming laying down the smoke at track speed.
Early morn at Mitchelville,IA. on the Iowa Interstate RR..