Sunday, December 27, 2015

Eagle Watch 2016 is on

Spotted this pair out on Otis Rd SE at the Cedar River near sunset(12/27/15)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

CN 2672/5553

CN C44-9W 2672, CN SD60F 5553 lead 87 cars(7 tanks and 80 grain hoppers) northbound through the countryside of Robins, Iowa on the Canadian National Cedar Rapids Sub.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NS 8102 East

NS 8102 East, the PRR Heritage unit, leads the NSDMPE-08 into Victor, Iowa with 85 loads.
Other units were NS 9975, NS 2677.

December 9, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Chasing the Pennsylvania

Highlights from the chase of the NS heritage unit, the Pennsylvania RR #8102 on train DMPE-08.

Chasing the Pennsylvania

Some shots from Newton, IA before the train departed eastward.

From the chase--
Kellogg, IA

Grinnell, IA

Near Victor, IA

Marengo, IA 

Ultimate shot-South Amana Yard with the BICB-08 just tied down(right).

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Holiday DeLight Parade 2015

The annual Holiday DeLight Parade was held on Saturday night December 5, 2015 in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA. These are some of the highlights from that evening.

Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving....

NS on XSISA-25

NS 9812, 9403 west at Eagle Rd(MP 249) with train XSISA-25.

XSISA-25 at East OS Yocum.

XSISA rolling into S. Amana yard with the SASI on the main. (Retouched photo, eliminating lightpole).

Trailing unit, NS 9403.

ICSW waits for XSISA to clear to head east.

Video of XSISA-25 east of Oxford, IA.

UP 8086--CRSA-25

UP 8086, IAIS 503 & 504 passing Walford with 96 cars on CRSA-25.
Video below.

Light-powered CN 2022 South

After working Kapstone, CN 2022 returns southward light power by 42nd Street NE in
Cedar Rapids, IA. November 25, 2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

87-car CRSA-18

87-car CRSA-18 enters Walford, IA with 510, 506 leading.
Video below.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Photos: IAIS Heritage Duo 11/11/15

Some photos from the Veterans Day catch of the Heritage Duo on the CR Turn.

Yocum Connection

South Amana Yard Limits--


CRSA-11 shoving by CBBI-10.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

One Each Way--Otis

1]Eastbound Oil Can Train bound for the NS(edited due to length of train).
2]Q-train westbound with a couple ponies.
Get to about 2:00 and beyond and watch for a couple boxcars grafitti'd up. 
Must had a LOT of time on their hands.

October 28, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CN 2244 South

CN 2244 with 32 cars enters the "B" Yard crossing over the former Milwaukee Road diamond.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

IAIS 516 West--BICB-18

IAIS 516, 509 lead the westbound BICB-18 toward the South Amana Yard Limits at MP 256, east of Homestead, IA. October 19, 2015.

Friday, October 16, 2015

CN 5791, 8903-L563

CN 5791, 8903 south lead the L563 by Hiawatha, IA. 10/16/15.

CRPE-15--Walford, IA

NS 9455 South running solo on the coal empty train CRPE-15 at Walford, IA.
 Iowa Interstate Cedar Rapids Sub(CRANDIC Amana Mainline).

2056, SuperSweet, Foilage

Static display of a 0-4-0 Steam engine in honor of two rail lines.

Iowa Interstate's CBBI-14 passes by West Liberty Depot and Park.

The former Supersweet Feeds Elevator at Downey, IA with a scale house (left).

The LORAM Railgrinder approaching the elevator at Downey, IA.

Chambers Street fall colors in Iowa City, IA.

Clinton Street in Iowa City, IA

Thursday, October 15, 2015

IAIS-LORAM Railgrinder

The LORAM Railgrinder #316 grinds its way thru Iowa City, IA on the Iowa Interstate Iowa City Subdivision bound for South Amana.

Monday, October 12, 2015

DMPE-12--Brooklyn, IA

Had to go inside the car to video train because it was too windy and just didn't want "white noise" on the video.
CP 8798, NS 8105(Interstate heritage unit), NS 1131 east with 86 loads.

Friday, October 9, 2015

NS 8105-PEDM09

Barely got the train as it was coming westbound in Coralville, IA. Didn't have time to set up tripod.

Power is NS 1131, NS 8105 (Interstate Heritage unit) and CP 8798. 86 cars.
Coralville, IA. 10/9/15

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Southbound Penford Job at Dusk

MP15DC 115 and slugmate 128 southbound on the Penford Job at 10th Street SW in Cedar Rapids at dusk.
October 7, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Stacks & Racks-UP 8719 East

I barely set up the tripod when this fast and furious Stack and Rack train blew by Brophy(you can hear me adjusting the tripod and camera). UP 8719 (SD70ACe)led the charge to Clinton, 10 miles away. I gave chase to him at Clarence, IA. Couple slow orders in a couple Form B limits gave me just enough time to spot up at Brophy.

Super Blood Moon 2015

Super Blood Moon occurred on September 27, 2015. It was also the Harvest Moon.

Monday, September 21, 2015

IC 2719(CN)

September 21, 2015

KCS-led CP 473

KCS 3937(SD70MAC), DME 6362(SD40-2) leading a long CP 473 southbound across the Fifth Street crossovers in Clinton, IA at sunset.
September 20, 2015.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rochelle--Labor Day 2015

Decided to take a trip to Rochelle on the way back from Lake Kegonsa, WI.
17 trains total in about a six-hour period.
Plus one caught in Clinton, IA on the way home(Bonus Feature).

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lake Kegonsa: Hummingbird and Sailboat

Finally got the Hummingbird in flight as he grabs some Nectar.

Sailboat on Lake Kegonsa. Wind making water choppy.

Good Sunday Morning from Lake Kegonsa, WI

Nice Sunday Morning from Lake Kegonsa, WI on Labor Day Weekend, 2015.

In Wisconsin........

a]You can say Thank you to the farmers.
Blue barn painted by Culvers north of Mineral Point.

b]You can pull off and smell the sunflowers in bloom near Dodgeville.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mississippi River Rails

August 24, 2015 from the BNSF Aurora Sub and CP Davenport Sub.


Citirail leading a merchandise train westbound at East Cabin(E. Dubuque, IL)

BNSF Rail Train parallels the Mississippi River.
Taken from Lookout Point at the Mississippi Palisades State Park.

A little bit after the Rail Train, this empty oil train has some visitors from the east coast leading the way. Including a NS SD60E trailing.

A pair of B40-8W 4-axle units sorting ADM tanks at Fifth Street crossovers in Clinton, IA.

Video from the day's catches--