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  Trip Report: QJs for Flood Relief - Chapter 6
  19 Oct 2008
Sunday's return trip to Iowa City
  From: QJs for Flood Relief Dates: Oct 14-19, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 112
There was one last run to make - the return trip from Rock Island to Iowa City on Sunday morning, 19-Oct-2008. Here are the two steamers and the passenger cars heading through West Davenport on their way out.
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Hawkeye is, as expected, bringing up the rear, and appropriately enough, HP3 is on the platform.
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Photo 114
Since there were quite a few people chasing and old US 6 was still closed between Stockton and Durant, I figured my best shot was to just use I-80 to get on around the pack to Wilton, where I set up on the highway bridge.
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Photo 115
Another shot from the Wilton bridge
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Photo 116
Rounding the curve just east of Atalissa, IA.
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I grabbed the shot of Hawkeye at Atalissa since IAIS list members Andy and Darren are over on the right side of the platform.
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Photo 118
Approaching Downey
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Photo 119
...and passing the famous Downey elevator. I figured I'd be one of a handful of people at this spot, but the whole gaggle showed up.
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Coming out of the west end of the Iowa City yard, the train will stop at the IC depot to let everyone off.
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A wider shot at the IC depot.
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Pulling up a bit further so that the Hawkeye is spotted just short of the depot.
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Photo 123
The passengers for the morning trip disembark off the back of the Hawkeye
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Photo 124
I heard an eastbound get out of Iowa City, but never did catch it until I reached Walcott. When I got there, a combined BICB-RIIC train was trying to get past on the main, but one of the GEs was showing a not-very-helpful error of "Unit Alarm" and the crew couldn't move them. As they were fouling the east switch for over an hour, CBBI just got to sit and wait.
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Photo 125
One of IAIS's unique non-rev cars - IAIS 9075 - was on CBBI that Sunday. The car is a gon made from a cut-down boxcar with a door installed in the side.
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Photo 126
Having taken one of the GEs offline and started another one (506 being the problem motor, I think, based on radio chatter), 151 west gets started again. Power is 151, 157, 702, 506, 505, 509, 502, and 717.
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Photo 127
A little different view on 151 leaving Walcott
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Photo 128
While I'm thrilled to see IAIS be successful enough to purchase new power and have this perfectly manicured track, it's going to take a while before I get used to seeing the new toasters and chasing trains that make 40 mph consistently.
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Photo 129
When I left Iowa nearly nine years ago, I never would have guessed that the IAIS I'd be chasing in 2008 would be running unit ethanol trains, large numbers of stack cars, two steam engines and a dozen new AC-traction GEs. It's a very different railroad than the one I once knew. Once again, I'd like to thank IAIS and the City of Rock Island for all they did this weekend in support of a very worthy charity.
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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.