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  Trip Report: Chinese Steam in the Heartland - Chapter 3
  Sat, Sep 16 - RI to Bureau
Chasing Saturday's run from Rock Island over to Bureau, IL
  From: Chinese Steam in the Heartland Dates: September 14-18, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 29
Heading out on Saturday morning, we were running a little late. As a result, by the time we got to Rock Island, they'd already pulled the train forward for boarding.
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Photo 30
Right on time, the triple-header pulls towards the main Rock Island yard and the connection with the IAIS mainline.
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Photo 31
Fortunately for most of us chasing, the train is taking it fairly easy. We had no problem beating him to the area behind John Deere Commons in Moline. Unfortunately, at the last second, the guy in the car pulled in and screwed up the shot.
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Photo 32
A wider view shortly after the previous shot. Too bad that No Parking sign was in pretty much ever shot I could set up...
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Photo 33
Moline's 41st Street crossing.
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Photo 34
Nearing Silvis, the crew's put on a little more speed, though not much. It was still a pretty easy chase to get ahead of it here. I'm thinking this is the 13th Street crossing in East Moline.
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Photo 35
A slightly different view of the location in Photo 34 from my dad (DJH Photo)
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Photo 36
6988 blows through the crossing (well, okay, so it actually wasn't moving that fast...)
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Photo 37
Coming up through the curve at Colona, crossing the county road and headed up towards the interlocking with BNSF. There was plenty of time to get set up here, since the train made a stop to pick up passengers in Silvis near NRE.
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Photo 38
Splitting the signals on the west side of the Colona crossing (DJH Photo)
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Photo 39
As with any steam excursion, there are people everywhere. While certainly I saw plenty of idiot fans, the general public wasn't much better in some cases. Here we are at Geneseo, and yes, the train really is moving towards us. (DJH Photo)
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Photo 40
Arriving at the second stop - Geneseo. The crowds did finally part from the tracks.
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Photo 41
After a small delay for pickups and dropoffs in Geneseo, the train was underway again. Here it is by the Comet Feeds elevator on the east edge of Geneseo. I understand I should thank Tim for the nice, weed-free shot...
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Photo 42
A little wider view of the same shot (DJH Photo)
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Photo 43
After another short stop in Atkinson to let folks off for the engine and tractor show, as well as pick up a few more, the triple header was on its way out of town to Bureau.
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Photo 44
Passing through Sheffield, with the old, boarded-up depot behind the train.
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Photo 45
To avoid some of the chasing horde and get some time on the train, we took to the backroads east of Sheffield, coming out at Tiskilwa. Unfortunately, we weren't quite far enough ahead of the train, as my dad had to grab this shot out the top of the car (ah, the advantages of chasing in a convertible... DJH Photo)
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Photo 46
The punishment for taking the wrong road out of Tiskilwa? Not exactly beating the train to Bureau... At least we got there (and found a place to park) in time to get it coming past the famous signal bridge.
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Photo 47
And down the wye they go, towards Peoria... Of course they're only going far enough to turn the train on the other leg and then take on water near the Bureau depot. Downtown Bureau is a zoo, though, so my dad and I decided to head back towards Tiskilwa to get set up. (DJH Photo)
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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.