Wednesday April 1
The scanner at
home alerted me to a meet between east and west bound locals using the
Pleasantville siding, "Hawkeye". I sped to town, but managed to
just catch a glimpse of the eastbound crossing 40th St. well ahead of
my arrival. I decided to get the westbound by going to a gravel
road crossing northwest of town.
Out here, the old CB&Q right of way is on a pretty good grade. At 2:00, the local came slowly down the hill, led by BNSF 500, NS 5511, BNSF 522 and BNSF 8606. The Des Moines branch is no speedway, with trains often taking several hours to negotiate the approximately 60 miles from Albia to Des Moines.