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.
Doubleheader... The Iowa Traction uses two motors and two idler flatcars to switch Behr Recycling Center. The idler flats are required because there is no cantenary line inside the scrap yard.
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.
The Iowa Traction disrupts the morning commute of Mason City to bring six scrap gons into town for interchange to the IC&E. IATR 60 was built in 1917 and I suspect it is hauling scrap from things... (more)
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.
Iowa Traction #50, a Baldwin-Westinghouse electric built in October of 1920 rests on the AGP soybean plant spur in Mason City, IA. It is Friday night and the motor will sit here until the call to ... (more)
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.
IATR 60 crests a short but steep grade with a string of scrap gons. The 60's appears to be the oldest unit on the roster.