Iowa Interstate's 1985-built Chinese "QJ" #6988 leads a short freight train east across the UP diamond past the depot in Grinnell, Iowa.
IAIS 715 brings up the rear of an excursion train in Sparland.
Iowa Interstate's "Rock Island" heritage unit leads the daily Blue Island to Council Bluffs train through Hancock, Iowa.
Iowa Interstate's "Rock Island" heritage unit leads the daily Blue Island-Council Bluffs train west across Iowa.
Warm weather as we take a trip to Chillicothe, IL to catch the Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions!
IAIS QJ 6988 sits in front of the Bureau depot at the end of the day of excursions. A huge thanks goes out to the IAIS steam team for going above and beyond accommodating for the many fans present... (more)
IAIS 6988 smokes it up past the Chillicothe Sportsmans' Club in a torrential downpour. Despite looking like it was flying along, the locomotive was at the maximum track speed of only 25 mph!
Iowa Interstate's Chinese QJ 2-10-2 6988 storms past the Putnam, IL elevator on a deadhead run to Bureau Junction after running public trips from Chillicothe to Henry all day.
IAIS “QJ” 2-10-2 steam locomotive 6988 blasts past the Chillicothe Sportsmans Club in a thunderstorm on Saturday during its final run to Sparland. Copyright Steve Smedley
IAIS “QJ” 2-10-2 steam locomotive 6988 preps for a day of excursions in downtown Chillicothe.
IAIS 6988 departs Silvis Yard with Bob Franzen at the throttle.
IAIS 6988 steams towards Colona,IL.with five passenger cars and the 718 in tow.