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  Trip Report: Train Festival 2011 - Chapter 5
  Sun, Jul 24
Train Festival 2011 Day 4
  From: Train Festival 2011 Dates: Jul 19-24, 2011 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 96
Now here's something you don't see every day - an old Milwaukee MP15AC, and still in Soo candy apple red. Taken at the yard in West Davenport while waiting for the train to finish its reverse move onto the IC&E. This is the old Rock Island yard, not Nahant.
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Photo 97
Here's our awaited passenger move. Hard to believe the straight train behind the train is the former RI Golden State route - today it's just an interchange lead up to Iowa Interstate.
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Photo 98
Finally, nearly 45 minutes after getting into West Davenport, they finally make Buffalo in the pouring rain. Apparently, since they were meeting the boat in Muscatine, they'd decided to take it slow going down and then highball the return run.
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Photo 99
That's it, weather. I cry uncle. Let's go chase something else.
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Photo 100
And turns out, there's conveniently something else running. (Actually it was my plan all along to switch to the Zephyr after Buffalo.) Here's the Nebraska Zephyr headed east towards Bureau at Geneseo, IL. Strangely, still raining.
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Photo 101
We all expected him to come through highballing, but instead he rolled up to a stop near the depot. They stopped briefly in Geneseo to either let someone on or off - couldn't tell, as they were on the other side. (Dan Holmes photo)
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Photo 102
As quickly as they arrived, they were on their way again. Meanwhile, here we all are, standing around in the rain with tens of thousands in dollars of camera gear. Yeah, we're all a little nuts.
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Photo 103
Burnin' up the high iron just north of Buda, IL, with the UP Peoria Sub overpass in the background. The light is deteriorating quickly, though - I'm already at ISO 800 and can barely get enough shutter speed.
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Photo 104
Silver streamliners rolling through the rich farmlands of the midwest, as God, EMD, and Budd intended. Taken actually at a standstill, as the train was headed down IAIS's Second Sub to Peoria. They're just wying and getting ready to back into Bureau.
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Photo 105
Backing into Bureau, past the old RI station that sits between the wye legs.
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Photo 106
Here's what I mean - the track to the left is IAIS's Second Sub to Peoria, and the one on the other side of the depot is the First Sub between Blue Island and Iowa City.
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Photo 107
The Zephyr sits in downtown Bureau as the passengers are out wandering around for a few minutes.
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Photo 108
Along the west leg of the wye, IAIS is constructing some sort of new loading facility. I've heard this will be for sand loadout purposes.
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Photo 109
The Zephyr departs Bureau under the old signal bridge. (Dan Holmes photo)
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Photo 110
Given the pouring rain and throngs of fans chasing, we decided to jump way ahead and get a spot by the old Mineral elevator.
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Photo 111
Making its way over the BNSF at Colona and swinging back around onto IAIS rails. (Dan Holmes photo)
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Photo 112
Coming into Moline on the industrial track, the sun is almost breaking through the clouds.
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Photo 113
Moving slowly through downtown Moline
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Photo 114
One of the reasons 9911A was in no hurry was that the last Walcott turn of Train Festival 2011 was still occupying the Rock Island yard. They were holding back, waiting for the previously-returned Amtrak run to finish unloading. Here they are doing a blow-down just out of the RI yard.
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Photo 115
With permission to proceed, 7081 leads the train into the downtown Rock Island yard to unload
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Photo 116
Not far behind is 9911A, also waiting its turn to get into the festival
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Photo 117
A last look at this magnificent machine from above
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Photo 118
This gives a whole new meaning to "running on his markers" - almost literally!
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Photo 119
And with the Zephyr's Bureau run terminating back in the Train Festival grounds, the last day of Train Festival 2011 concludes.
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Photo 120
Turns out it was really a four train backup waiting to get into the yard - 6988 still needed to come in.
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Photo 121
That's it, folks! At that point it was time to wrap it up and head for home.
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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.