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  1. J

    From New York to Forest City, IA, in 1902

    I am doing genealogywork on my norwegian-american family. My granduncle immigrated to America in 1902. An old letter tells us his story about how he got alle the way from Norway to Thompson, IA. I am working on writing a family book, and I try to find out all the details about his travel...
  2. brad_in_omaha

    Couple Cold and Cloudy weekends

    Been cold an cloudy around here, but that's not always a bad thing. 12/17/2016 1. Love this scene at Abel on the Sioux City Sub. Something about the trees and grass mixed with the snow really do it for me. 2. Just north of Abel, also on the Sioux City Sub 3. West of Ashland on...
  3. brad_in_omaha

    Past Couple Weekends

    Its been way too long since I have posted any photos, but I actually made it out to the tracks with my camera 3 times since Thanksgiving! First off Black Friday: 1. BNSF Bayard Train in the foreground, IAIS CBBI in the background. BNSF has just returned and waiting a crew to take it back to...
  4. DME and CP in Clinton IA

    DME and CP in Clinton IA

    Pleasantly surprised when this came around.
  5. DSP4005_w_usm


    Union Pacific in Iowa
  6. CP SD40-2

    CP SD40-2

    A faded CP 5743 down by the roundhouse in Nahant Yard.
  7. Passing on the Diamond

    Passing on the Diamond

    Iowa Interstate 508 passes on the diamond while a BNSF waits in the background. Joliet station in Joliet Illinois
  8. Ryan Iowa

    Ryan Iowa

    The IC 1026 leading southbound mixed freight over 300th St at Ryan Iowa. The train came west from Dubuque then turned south at Manchester to head for Cedar Rapids.
  9. Shooting With The Sun

    Shooting With The Sun

    The Iowa Northen eastbound through Dewar Iowa on the old Chicago Great Western. The evening light was very nice but not for an eastbound. It took a little scouting ahead of them to find a shot that was with the light but I think it was worth it.
  10. BNSF 2131 Hits a snowdrift at Neola, Iowa

    BNSF 2131 Hits a snowdrift at Neola, Iowa

    The Bayard Local with BNSF 2131 on the point, hits a drift at about 30 MPH. The Date is January 26, 2010. Neola, Iowa is Northeast of Council Bluffs and this is the former Milwaukee Road mainline to Omaha.
  11. Rock Island

    Rock Island

    In 1971 or so, the last Rock Island passenger train came into Des Moines, Iowa. Rushed to the station with a cheap camera and got this shot from a bad vantage point. Only was able to get passenger car Seminole.
  12. After the flood

    After the flood

    The first California Zephyr to run from Chicago to Emeryville after June flood damage was repaired
  13. Iowa Interstate Number 500 at Erie, PA. 9-28-2008

    Iowa Interstate Number 500 at Erie, PA. 9-28-2008

    New Iowa Intersate Number 500 in primer paint awaits delivery west.
  14. Iowa Interstate Railroad

    Iowa Interstate Railroad

    New Iowa Interstate GE ES44AC Number 500 in primer paint, on the Norfolk Southern Interchange at Erie PA.
  15. I.C.E. 6423

    I.C.E. 6423

    A pleasant surprise from the east, heading west through the gorge. This one came out very high in the mids and almost too saturated. Odd. Fought it in editing. Desaturated and lightened. Thoughts? Lighten it more? Add contrast back in? (lowered it)
  16. IC 6117(CN)

    IC 6117(CN)

    IC 6117(CN) walks a very thin line or in this case a thin trestle; seen here on CN's CR Branch shoving cars into the yard across the waters of Cedar Lake in downtown Cedar Rapids, IA--February 16, 2008.
  17. CR Turn

    CR Turn

    The daily Cedar Rapids Turn to Manchester finds the SD40-2 IC 6100 making a turn over East Main Street in Central City, IA. Power: SD40-2 IC 6100, GTW GP38-2 5812.
  18. UP 1995

    UP 1995

    UP 1995 and the two CNW units head into Grand Juction Iowa under the Highway 30 brigde on 8-2-2007
  19. UP 1995

    UP 1995

    UP 1995 and the two CNW units head into Grand Juction Iowa under the Highway 30 brigde on 8-2-2007
  20. UP 1988

    UP 1988

    UP 1988 with 1989 and 1996 with M-PRNP at Ogden Iowa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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