A piece of history

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  1. FiatFan

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    Last Sunday my wife and I decided to go train chasing. First stop was just east of Webster City, IA where we found this freight holding. While we were taking pictures it received clearance and started to move.
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    Moving on to Iowa Falls, IA we found this bridge.
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    The track running to the left runs up a fairly steep grad to reach the mainline above.
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    The next stop was Mason City, Iowa, where we hoped to possibly see one of the traction engines of the Iowa Traction Railway. As luck would have it, all four were visible!
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    The salmon colored building to the left in the last shot is the IATR shop.

    We pulled off on a side road to turn around and as I crossed some tracks I looked to my left and almost had a heart attack. This was sitting just short of the crossing. I thought that in my excitement over finding the IATR engines that I had overlooked the crossing signal. Fortunately it was holding just short of the crossing.
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    The IATR also interchanges with both the ICE and the UP in Mason City. I caught this light(?) engine movement.
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    Mason City is quite busy with railroad activity. It will be fun to go back there and spend a day train chasing.

    All in all, it was a great day!

    Tom
  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    wow, what a delightful way to spend the day. Those are some awesome shots, and some spectacular scenery. :thumb: :thumb:
  3. steamhead

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    WoW....You're lucky to have that action around you....!!! Great shots & good description of what's going on....

    Hope you can get out more often & share your experiences & photos with us....:thumb:
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Nice collection of shots from a great day out! The one with the windmills is sure eye catching! Cool to see Iowa Traction!

    Ralph
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    That sure gives a clear idea just how large those wind generators are!!!
  6. Triplex

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    Interesting - 54 has a four-bulb headlight, as some Milwaukee engines once did.