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  Trip Report: A Day on Iowa Interstate - Chapter 1
  CBBI-31
Newton to Oxford, IA, following the CBBI-31
  From: A Day on Iowa Interstate Dates: June 1, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
IAIS 153 in the lead of RIIC at West Liberty, after stopping to switch the intermodal ramp early Thursday morning
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Photo 2
Next stop was at Newton, where I found CBBI-31 is put together and ready to depart Newton, IA
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Photo 3
A look at the ethanol plant under construction on the northwest corner of the Newton yard
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Another look at Newton's new ethanol plant under construction
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Photo 5
CBBI-31 just out of Newton at Kellogg, IA
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Photo 6
CBBI-31 and IAIS 626 pass the west interlocking signal at Grinnell
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Photo 7
Passing eastward through Malcom, IA
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Photo 8
626 a couple miles west of Victor, IA, along County Rd F-29
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Photo 9
IAIS 400 sits with a single boxcar on the Marengo siding, presumably an IC switcher that went dead on hours
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Photo 10
The light power from CBBI-31 (626--627-602) comes forward to start up 400 and add her to the consist
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Photo 11
The crew unlocks the cab and goes about firing up the old geep while the road train power sits on the main
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Photo 12
With all four units together, they've pulled a bunch of loaded grain hoppers out and are in the process of dropping a cut of fresh empties for the elevator
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Photo 13
With the train all back together, the crew gets ready to head east towards Yocum and Iowa City. Just east of here, track crews have been hard at work all morning, but they've cleared up for CBBI's passage.
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Photo 14
Rolling right along at Yocum Connection
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Photo 15
Never seen this variety of coil car before - NS 168623 was only built a year ago...
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Photo 16
I'm thinking the unintentional theme for the day was grain elevators, though in Iowa it's rather unavoidable. Here's the old one at Oxford. With that, we leave CBBI-31 and turn back north towards the ICCR-01.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.