A Day on Iowa Interstate – Jun 1, 2006

Originally I didn’t think there was really enough material there to make a trip report out of this, but as I started uploading photos for the IAIS website, I realized it wasn’t so bad after all. So, I figured I’d just post a few photos of my day out following the IAIS while I was home in Iowa. I had a day of downtime between family stuff and leaving for St. Louis, so I figured I’d spend it out with the camera.

I started off with the RIIC at West Liberty switching the ramp, but since there was a fair amount of cloud cover, I shot out west to catch CBBI out of Newton and work backwards. Arriving at Newton, IAIS 626, 627, and 602 were on the point of the eastbound and all ready to go. I went a bit further to photograph the new ethanol plant, and by the time I got back, they were on the move. I followed CBBI back as far as Oxford. One interesting note – they stopped for quite a bit of switching at Marengo, which included picking up the 400. 400 and a single CN boxcar were on the siding waiting for them, presumably an IC switcher that died on hours. Regardless, they added 400 to the consist, picked up a cut of loaded grain hoppers, and set out a fresh string of empties for the elevator.

From Oxford, I went north to find the returning Cedar Rapids-IC job just out of Fairfax with all four SD38-2s on the front, just as the RIIC had been earlier, except reversed since it was going the other direction. I followed it down as far as Yocum, where it stopped short of the switch. My scanner had died about 45 minutes earlier, but as we all know, that usually means the westbound BICB is out of IC and they’re waiting to make the meet at Yocum. Since I was already running late for dinner back in Davenport, I decided not to wait but instead head east and see if I ran into the west BICB. Sure enough, just as I was approaching Coralville and about to get on I-80, I saw headlights. I went back for a couple more shots between there and just west of Tiffin, and called it a day.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.

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