A pair of veteran EMD switchers dump ballast along the former MILW mainline that now only sees a daily IAIS Cedar Rapids Turn and the occasional IAIS coal train.
A set of helpers coast downhill under Rte 53 for servicing at Cresson.
Eastbound manifest 36A prepares to depart Rose Yard while a John Deere combine train (62A) and several sets of helpers layover in the yard.
The Pennsy E8s highball east past the signals governing CP Ding on their way back to Altoona from Pittsburgh.
The third of three Altoona to Gallitzin round-trips exits the tunnel on Main 2 and prepares to use the run-around track between UN and AR to head back for Altoona.
The second of three Altoona to Gallitzin round-trips departs downtown Altoona.
With a set of helpers up front, a unit John Deere combine train glides into Altoona where it will sit for at least day before departing for Baltimore.
IC&E's "Nitron Local" crosses the Mississippi River into Illinois on BNSF's Crescent Bridge, named that way due to the curve on the Illinois side.
IC&E's "Nitron Local" heads east along the joint BNSF/IAIS/ICE trackage through downtown Moline past the John Deere Commons/Visitors Center.
A pair of ex-SOO GP9s operated by the IC&E work the yard at West Davenport. 103 is on the old 910 "Nitron Local" while 137 is the West Dav Switcher.
The pair of QJ's owned by RDC and kept on the IAIS are chartered to pull the regular westbound manifest. The impressive pair are passing the former Rock Island depot at Atlantic on their way to C... (more)
A Metra westbound approaches its Robbins station stop as it ducks under the ex-Rock Island signal bridges.
The empty coal train makes its way back to Peoria, IL as it passes the nicely restored Rock Island depot at Wilton.
The "BN Barstow" ducks under Iowa Interstate's Government Bridge and passes a former DRI&NW motorcar on public display as it enters downtown Davenport.
The "BN Barstow" waits on the Alcoa Spur Duck Creek bridge for a northbound IC&E freight before it can work its way home for Barstow, IL.