Madison-Janesville T-6 makes a rollby on the bridge showing off it's varied EMD consist.
The Janesville-Horicon turn makes a grain pickup at Milton with a trio of 38's. Mexi-wreck 3812 has been kitbashed from assembled parts by the WSOR mechanical wizards, she'll soon get the red dip... (more)
The last portion of WSOR's Madison sub to get 115lb. CWR is about to be upgraded, and the train that brought it up and dropped it is seen returning to Janesville. It will replace jointed rail rem... (more)
Covered hoppers head into the west yard after being dragged off the Fox Lake sub.
An empty CWR trainset returns to the Union Pacific after dumping rail on the Madison sub of the WSOR. It's not everyday you see WSOR power up on this bridge.
NKP 765 makes a move westbound to trainfest over ex-Rock Island trackage, today's IAIS. Old-timers in the area tell of main trains running at or near the century mark on this long tangent of trac... (more)
Cutting through rural Alpha, IL., a BNSF ethanol train gets a green light to proceed down the mainline while an Amtrak special enroute to TrainFest waits on the siding behind me. It was announced... (more)
The Walcott excursion gets a run on the hill climbing out of Davenport at old Missouri Division Jct. (from Rock days), where the Council Bluffs main and Golden State main split. In the old days t... (more)
The QJ-led Walcott excursion crosses into Iowa from Illinois as seen from Tar Beach.
The Rock Island Express on the BNSF Industrial slips past a parked IAIS coal train arriving in Moline. The coalie is on ex-Rock mainline iron, now used as a siding.
IAIS puts the QJ's to work enroute to Train Fest, pulling over 7,000 tons of freight in 55 loads to set a new world record for revenue tonnage pulled by steam in the 21st Century.
Nickel Plate 765 twists through the IAIS/BNSF crossing with just a few miles to go until showtime at Train Fest.
Relics along the old Rock Island frame the Iowa City excursion led by a QJ returning to Train Fest.
Welcome to Iowa NKP 765! Out of character on the rails of the ex-Rock, industrial-strength NKP 765 becomes a granger steamer crossing Interstate 280 just west of Davenport. Special thanks to the... (more)
The Zephyr trainset moves to IRM after a successful stint at Train Fest in the Quad Cities. Cherry Valley is on the historic ex-CNW Freeport branch.