With a company consisting of only 3 employees including the owner it can be hard work on this terminal road and with the cold, wet rain, days like today make it even harder.
Railroad: Iowa TractionLocomotive: Baldwin-Westinghouse SteeplecabLocation: Mason City, Iowa, USALocomotive #: IATR 54Train ID: IATRPhoto Date: October 24, 2008
Electric! Iowa Traction 54 sits on the Iowa Traction-Iowa Chicago & Eastern interchange track as a thunderstorm rages in the distance, complete with cloud-to-ground lightning strikes (at le... (more)
A visit to the Iowa Traction RR is trip back in time.
The conductor is the only thing smoking in this photo as the Iowa Traction pulls three loaded soybean hoppers uphill towards the IC&E interchange.
The Iowa Traction crosses 19th St. with loaded soybean hoppers from the AGP plant. The Westinghouse traction motors were getting a workout pulling the steep hill out of the plant.
Half of the Iowa Traction fleet sits silent at the UP interchange waiting for Monday - 54 in front and 50 behind...
The original widecab? Two of Iowa Traction's vintage electrics rest in Mason City.
54 takes several gons from Emery to the UP interchange.
The Iowa Traction line crosses the UP mainline on a diamond, however, the line is no longer used beyond the interchange.
Iowa Traction 54 with a short 8 car train near Clear Lake Junction. No. 54 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in May 1923 as Southern Iowa Railway 400. When that road took down its wires in 1967,... (more)
View from IATR 51 passing IATR 54. Both trolleys are used to spot covered hoppers at the AGP soybean processing plant.