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  Trip Report: Train Festival 2011 - Chapter 4
  Fri-Sat, Jul 22-23
Train Festival 2011 Days 2 / 3
  From: Train Festival 2011 Dates: Jul 19-24, 2011 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 73
Amtrak 156 and NKP 765 are both being prepped for Friday's run to Bureau and back over the IAIS. 765 will take the lead, but the Amtrak units will be along for HEP (as well as emergency propulsion in the event something should happen to 765).
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Photo 74
My transportation for the day - Milwaukee Superdome 53. It's good to have a day of riding after chasing nearly nonstop since arriving back in Iowa. (Yes, I'm cheating again, this was taken later in the day in Bureau, IL.)
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Photo 75
The inside of Superdome 53
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Well, we're not moving yet, let me just check the IAIS list one more time in case something interesting got posted... (Dan Holmes photo)
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There was absolutely no lack of a crowd waiting for us at Bureau (Dan Holmes photo)
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My only complaint for the trip was that there was a very poorly coordinated run-by *during* lunch at Bureau. I hadn't even gotten my
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Photo 79
Shot from the aforementioned run-by. I must say, though, HyVee's food was great, as usual. It's just that I had to eat my whole plate in about four bites so I could get the shot. For ~$260, I shouldn't have to choose between the only run-by and eating lunch.
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Photo 80
The other premium dome, besides the Milwaukee, was the San Luis & Rio Grande's SLRG 511, Nenana. She's a long way from home.
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Photo 81
Saturday morning brought rain and clouds for the run west from Rock Island to the Yocum wye and back (near Homestead, IA). Since the train was running against the light the whole trip, I got my shot at Moscow in the morning as it crossed the Cedar River and then just let it go. 6988 was in the lead, followed by the two Amtrak P42s and the passenger consist.
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Photo 82
Instead, I decided to avoid the foamer gaggle and just chase CBBI into Rock Island instead. The light still wasn't great.
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Photo 83
Once the crew lined the switch, 505 was on the move east once more. Power is ES44ACs 505 and 510 followed by SD38-2 154 for those interested.
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Photo 84
Nothing like fresh bales and corn fields to speak to IAIS's agricultural heritage
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505 whooped us getting into Davenport, so we had lunch and settled for the next Walcott train heading west, seen here on Davenport's Third Street bridge.
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Missing a shot in between, we got ahead of him again in time for the crossing just east of Walcott. In preparation for having dinner on the Zephyr, we headed home to clean up. The light had gone to pot anyway.
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Photo 88
Arriving in Rock Island after the morning rain had moved on, I caught this reflection shot with 7081 and the IAIS business cars in the background.
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Photo 89
As we're waiting for the Zephyr crew to be ready for us, I wandered over to get a shot of 765 simmering in the yard.
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Photo 90
Relaxing in the Zephyr's tail car, waiting for dinner to be served.
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Photo 91
And the first (and only) seating for dinner on Saturday is ready to go. My compliments to the IRM staff and volunteers - they pulled off this fundraising dinner beautifully. Well organized, great food, and could you ask for better accomodations?
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Photo 92
After dinner, with the crowds gone from the grounds, the various crews are out servicing their machines. Here, IAIS 7081 gets a little lubrication in its main rod bearings.
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Photo 93
Also, this is the first time I've gotten a shot of 765's auxilliary tender - RPCX 250001. They leased it from the Virginia Museum of Transportation. It's usually behind N&W 1218, and was built from an L&N M-1 Berkshire tender.
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Photo 94
The Zephyr's E5 and ES44C4 6688 sit in the even storm light
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Guess which is newer? Let me give you a hint - the one that burns rocks.
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2011 by Nathan D. Holmes, with some photos copyright Dan Holmes (where indicated) (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III or 7D using either a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS/USM, Sigma 18-50mm, or a Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS/USM.