Due to flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, the BNSF detoured coal trains where they could. This empty coal train ran over the Iowa Interstate from Colona, IL to Council Bluffs, IA.
IAIS 507 crest a slight hill as it heads for Davenport. On a whim I decided to drive to Iowa in hopes of getting IAIS 513 but it was not to be.
IAIS SD38-2 152 leads the daily westbound manifest.
The Rock Island to Iowa City "Turn" passes the former Rock Island depot at Wilton.
Eastbound SASI rumbles past the old RockIsland depot at Wilton, IA.
The Iowa Interstate Railroad is a mere 4 months old when this freight with a quartet of ex-IC(G) Paducah rebuilt EMD's thunders west out of Wilton, IA. The IAIS has risen from the ashes of the Ro... (more)
Iowa Interstate QJ's 6988 and 7081 double-head a freight train from Iowa City to Rock Island to position themselves for Train Festival 2011.
Father's Day 2012 saw IAIS operate 3 excursions from West Liberty to Durant to benefit both town's volunteer fire departments. IAIS 6988 is towed west behind the excursion meeting the eastbound f... (more)
6988 runs at track speed through Wilton on the first run of the day to benefit the West Liberty Fire Department.
An extra from Silvis rolls west towards Iowa City.
IAIS 6988 and 7081 thunder past the old Rock Island depot in the sleepy little town of Wilton, Iowa (note the "Welcome to Wilton" sign, complete with steam engine).
IAIS sets a new record for tonnage pulled by steam locomotives in 21st Century North America, roaring by delighted onlookers gathered by the Wilton depot on the way to Trainfestival.
IAIS Chairman Henry Posner III takes a short walk up the track as as his QJ's and steam crews take a break from the extreme high temperatures hovering around 100 degrees.
513, running at track speed, blasts past the Ex-Rock Island Depot on a marvelous spring day.