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Salvation Army, as a way of thanking and supporting them for their relief efforts during the record-breaking summer floods of 2008. The railroad would run four sets of trips out of Rock Island, IL - two runs towards Walcott, IA, three runs towards Silvis, IL, a dinner train to Walcott and back, and a Sunday trip from Rock Island to Iowa City - with all proceeds going to charity. All costs - operations, food (in the case of the dinner train), and staff - were donated either by the railroad, their partners, the City of Rock Island, or individuals so that every dollar raised went straight to the Salvation Army.

In addition to the passenger trips, IAIS planned to run what was billed as a "record setting" amount of tonnage behind steam on Saturday morning. Well, record-setting for the 21st Century, at least, since much more tonnage was routinely handled before mainline dieselization. Since the railroad needed to get 6988 and 7081 from Iowa City to Rock Island anyway, they just attached what appeared to be the regular freight from ICRI (the IC-RI turn) on the back, totalling 62 cars and some 6950 tons.

I'd just like to thank everyone RRDC and IAIS once again for putting on this weekend and for donating so much in support of the Salvation Army. It's a phenominal thing for a railroad to come out and put on such a grand affair, all in the name of charity. I'd also like to encourage my fellow fans who were there, particularly if you didn't get the chance to make a donation during the event, to make a donation through [their website].

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