Monday, March 31, 2014

L563, One each way and a GO

CN Cedar Rapids Branch
CN's L563 departs Cedar Rapids with 6 cars.....

CN 2186....

and ex LMS, IC(CN) 2462.

Union Pacific Clinton Sub
UP 8594 West. Train was nearly two miles long.

Eastbound train M-NPPR at Fir Ave SE.....

with a NEW Canadian commuter engine, GO #663, enroute to Toronto.

Video of above's UP catches.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunrise and some eggs

A Sunday morning sunrise out in Robins, IA.

Spider eggs in between the sill of the big cross window.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Parking Celebration--March 20, 2014

A celebration for the Parking Team was held on March 20, 2014 at New Covenant Bible Church.

David Sanders, Parking Ministry director, "directing" the people traffic and welcoming them.

The path to dinner.

From Dave's collection.

Centerpiece at the serving line.

Dave welcoming everybody.

Food line.

From Dave's collection.

 Dave conversating with Brian.

Ken Owens, our food preparer, enjoying some conversations and the food.

Future parking server.

Dave telling the story behind the Jeep.

Panoramic view of the celebration.

Kim Pagel was the featured speaker.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Trackside with a Komen and Ole Blue

CN 2186 working hard in the "A" Yard.

A fast and furious "Z" train at 26th Street SW.

Minutes later, another "Z" train behind him. This one was the daily westbound "bird".

UP 7400, the Pink Ribbon unit pushes toward its train, M-BVBO to ready itself for its westward trek.

One more westbound before M-BVBO departs. Westbound coal train with the Pink Ribbon unit waiting in the wings.

At 1105 hours, train M-BVBO departs for Boone. Later on this train will become M-BOCB when it departs Boone.

Video of M-BVBO's departure--

A very, very short L563 rolls north thru the countryside north of Robins, IA with an ex LMS on the point, still in Conrail blue colors.
Video below.

Back to the city and an eastbound Rack 'n' Stack train at MP 78.

Brand new TTX 40' container wells.