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  Trip Report: QJs for Flood Relief - Chapter 4
  18 Oct 2008, Part I
Saturday morning's steam freight from Iowa City to Rock Island
  From: QJs for Flood Relief Dates: Oct 14-19, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 64
Uh, what's this? Saturday was supposed to be sunny, and instead I can't see a hundred yards. It made for an interesting drive to Iowa City, and promised to make for an interesting chase.
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Photo 65
The train leaves Iowa City in the morning fog, with 6250 trailing tons in 63 cars of RIIC freight. Unfortunately, there was so much fog that when added with the condensing exhaust from the engine made most shots impossible.
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Photo 66
The first real break (thankfully) came for the depot shot at West Liberty
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Photo 67
The break didn't last long, though. Just past the depot, it was back into the fog.
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Photo 68
However, by Atalissa, the fog was again so thick you could barely see through it (and I was shooting at ISO 1600)
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Photo 69
Coming through the east end of North Star, just shy of Wilton. (The siding actually continues for a few hundred more yards to form a pocket track.)
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Photo 70
With old US Hwy 6 closed due to bridge repair between Durant and Stockton, I shot south to US Hwy 61 to get ahead of it (and the pacers) into Davenport. Just past Blue Grass, Andy Brown called with, "You did know they were making a water stop in your home town, right?" Okay, back to Walcott we go...
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Photo 71
Yours truly in front of 6988 at Walcott (thanks to Andy Brown for the shot)
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Photo 72
Another Walcott shot
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Photo 73
As you can see, the Walcott Fire Department had one of their new toys out. Presumably this is what brought the hoses for watering the two steamers.
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Photo 74
They spent nearly an hour in Walcott, having arrived around 0925h and not departing until around 1020h. During that time, quite a large group of both fans and locals collected around to see the event.
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Photo 75
Poor 7081 - it never gets to lead. Even two years ago it was always in the back.
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Photo 76
At around 1020h, the eastbound steamers highballed Walcott, as seen here passing over County Road Y-48 at the east end of town.
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Photo 77
Waiting in the Walcott siding (located east of the town itself) was the west train (BICB) with 719, 718, and 505 as power.
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Photo 78
The eastbound steam-powered turn meets the west train at Walcott, with dozens of camera-toting fans looking on. The odd part is that the steamer is actually newer than the lead diesel it's meeting (6988 in 1985 vs 719 in 1972).
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Photo 79
Coming through a curve between Walcott and Davenport (Danny Holmes photo)
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Photo 80
Coming down the bluffs into Missouri Division Junction in West Davenport, where the Rock's former Golden State Route once diverged to the left. Today it's just an interchange track with the IC&E/CP.
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Photo 81
A wider view of Missouri Division Junction
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Photo 82
Having dropped the train in the Rock Island yard, the two engines and the parts car come down to the yard under the Centennial Bridge near downtown Rock Island (as seen from the cab of IAIS 502).
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Photo 83
The two engines were uncoupled, and 7081 was turned out at the wye beyond the yard. 6988 would be leading the Silvis trains, while 7081 would handle the Walcott runs.
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Photo 84
RRDX 806, one of RRDC's ex-Agence; Métropolitaine de Transport (Montreal's commuter railroad) coaches. The cars are of Canadian Pacific heritage, built in 1953 by Canadian Car & Foundry and purchased by RRDC in 2006. These cars will be used for the day's short trips towards Walcott and Silvis.
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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.