The 1921 built number 51 occupies 15 Street SW as it heads for another cut of covered hoppers from the Canadian Pacific interchange.
Emery is where the Iowa Traction is based with a yard and a few customers. Alot of operations happen more in Mason City around the AGP plant, so I was happy to get some rare mileage for me. The IA... (more)
An Iowa Traction electric enters the AGP corn facility to pick up cars while a truck loaded with corn waits to enter and unload its cargo. Locomotives:IATR 51 BLW Steeple Cab
IATR steeplecab # 51 will celebrate its 100th anniversary in five short years in 2021. Quite an amazing feat for this small locomotive.
Iowa Traction 51 is down on its knees pulling a long cut of loaded hoppers upgrade. When the rear end clears the switch, IATR 60 will tie onto the rear car, pull the drag back down the hill, then... (more)
A crew member uncouples a cut of cars from IATR #51's train near the railroad's shops. This is one of the last electric freight railroads in the country, and their fleet of 4 steeplecabs make the ... (more)
This venerable old electric locomotive rests on a Saturday morning. This loco was built in the early 1900's.
Iowa Traction No. 51 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in May of 1921 as Northeastern Oklahoma Railway No. 2. It was purchased in 1940 by the Crandic and became their No. 57, then was sold to the... (more)
Iowa Traction steeplecab# 51 (built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in May 0f 1921) spends the night in the Emery yard.
The 1920's technology still serves the Iowa Traction well - last active freight trolley operation in the United States.
Baldwin-Westinghouse built May 1921 for Northeast Oklahoma Rly, 2. Sold to Crandic 1940 renumbered 57. Sold to Kansas City Kaw Valley RR, 505, in 1954. IATR acquired car 1963 and renumbered to 51... (more)