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  Trip Report: QJs for Flood Relief - Chapter 2
  16 Oct 2008
Out chasing IAIS's regular operations on Thursday
  From: QJs for Flood Relief
Dates: Oct 14-19, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes
What follows is an abbreviated copy of the update I sent to the IAIS list to accompany the photos from Thursday, 16-Oct-2008. Just thought I'd make a note of it, since it's written in a short first person style that's a little different from how I usually narrate trip reports.

Another fine Iowa day out there. I picked up the CBBI with 156/709/151 at Marengo, the crew having stopped to re-line the west switch (still reversed from yesterday's meet). Chased it all the way into Iowa City, grabbed lunch, then caught 708/153/712/700 with the west train coming into town about 1300h. Not one GE to be found in the IC yard, and I can live with that. Just as happy to shoot the old power doing their thing, particularly the 150s roaming further from their old haunts.

Once 708 west was in the yard, 706 left (by itself) with a very short CBBI. The plan was for them to pick up 701 at the Wendling spur, and then meet the returning turn at North Star. That said, they made it as far as mp 214 when their warrant ran out, as 701 and the work train were still holding their warrant from 211 to 214. (Note: Yes, it was 719 put on the work train on Tuesday. It was swapped out for 701 Wednesday morning, being bad-ordered after reportedly trying to push through rip-rap and damaging the front handrails.)

Maintenance (of / in the) Way is still working on putting down rock along the repaired western approach to the Cedar River, using 701 and a couple of air dump cars, as well as some big Case gear. One of the air dumps had dropped a wheel or two off the rail, though, so everything was on hold.

After an hour or so, they got the air dump back on the rails and shoved into the clear. 706 east stopped to pick up 701 and then met 720/154 and the turn at North Star. From there, it was a chase back into Iowa City (and finally running into Andy after being here for five days) and then back to Walcott for dinner with the family.



Photo 23
The east train (CBBI) at Marengo, after having stopped at Marengo's west switch to re-line it for the main. Power is IAIS 156, 709, and 151.
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Photo 24
And the chase for more 3/4 wedgies is on! (This one being at the west switch of Yocum.) There are at least four of us following CBBI this morning.
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Photo 25
IAIS 156 passing over one of the crossings east of Homestead. Contrast this with the next shot, taken only three months earlier.
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Photo 26
A shot that won't be possible again - a rebuilt first gen geep leads CBBI at the same spot as above. Today, only two months later, IAIS 468 is retired, and the shot is presented only for contrast.
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Photo 27
With a delay in getting a new warrant, 156 was forced to stop just west of Oxford, allowing me to catch up and get this shot.
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Photo 28
Another shot at Oxford - I liked both of them, and couldn't figure out which one to include (as usual).
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Photo 29
Approaching Iowa City and passing beneath I-80 in Coralville
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Photo 30
The traditional past-the-IC-depot shot
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Photo 31
And CBBI disappears into the west end of the IC yard, both to do some switching and to meet BICB.
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Photo 32
Speaking of meeting BICB, 708 leads the west train into the Iowa City yard.
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Photo 33
Just another look at 708
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Photo 34
Shortly after 708's arrival, 706 leaves Iowa City eastbound as sole unit on a very short CBBI (as seen near Midway).
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Photo 35
The one unit wonder passes through Atalissa. I knew I should have gone and stomped down those weeds, but there was just no time...
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Photo 36
706 stopped short of milepost 214 because of maintenance in the way at the Wendling spur, still working on dumping and spreading rip-rap rock.
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Photo 37
Notice something not right? Normally they would have cleared up in time for CBBI, but the last dump car derailed and they were working on getting it back on track.
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Photo 38
After an hour or so sorting out the derailed car, they got it back on and cleared up in the spur track. Here we see 720 and the RIIC turn waiting to meet 708 and CBBI at North Star.
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Photo 39
With the sun now firmly in the west, CBBI heads through North Star, having picked up the 701 off the work train.
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Photo 40
720 and 154 step out across the Cedar River at Moscow, IA, with the RIIC turn.
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Photo 41
Rounding a curve just east of Atalissa
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Photo 42
One last shot as the turn approaches Iowa City. As the shadows are growing very long, it's time to call it a day.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM, Sigma 18-50mm, or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.