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  Trip Report: QJs for Flood Relief - Chapter 3
  17 Oct 2008
Following the QJs from Newton to Iowa City
  From: QJs for Flood Relief Dates: Oct 14-19, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


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IAIS 6988, 7081, and parts car 9201 finally leave the Newton yard under cloudy skies and drizzle at about 0930h on Friday, 17-Oct-2008.
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Passing Kellogg, IA
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Crossing the UP's former M&StL line at Grinnell, IA
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The light power heads east past the grain bins at Malcom
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An overhead shot of the two from the Brooklyn bridge. (Seems like there should be a joke in that somehow...)
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Through the fields east of Brooklyn, making all of their allowed 30 mph
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Two of my fellow chasers look on at Victor
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Approaching the US 6 overpass west of Ladora - if only we had a little light.
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The two pass through Ladora after pausing west of town
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Coming around the bend at Marengo, the two were throwing off such huge steam plumes that any wider shot was all clouds, no background.
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6988 crosses over the long-abandoned Milwaukee at Yocum
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At Homestead, the light engines pass a line of stored grain hoppers
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A grade crossing that's become a routine stop for me east of Homestead
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At Vernon, between Coralville and Iowa City, the Hawkeye Express is waiting in the siding. It's stored here between games. The next day, though, it will be out hauling Iowa football fans from the Coralville mall parking lot to Kinnick Stadium.
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The equipment, including the Rock-inspired F40PH, actually belongs to the Iowa Northern. For the first two years, IAIS and the IANR borrowed the Ski Train from Colorado, but in 2006 they acquired their own equipment for the operation, including these bilevel commuter coaches.
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The QJs pass the Hawkeye Express in the spur.
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Arriving at the Iowa City yard
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After running through the yard, the engines backed past the old IAIS headquarters towards the 4 track to drop the parts car
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Spotting the parts car on track 4.
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The two steamers will overnight on the enginehouse lead (track 5)
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Mr. Henry Posner III of Railroad Development Corporation (IAIS's parent company) speaks with a group in front of 6988 at Iowa City.
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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.