Amtrak Inspection Train in Des Moines
April 22, 1998


The rails once traveled by the Rockets were host to an Amtrak inspection train today. The westbound train arrived in Des Moines around 11:30 a.m. and passed the diamond at Short Line Junction at noon. After some delay due to a car parked too near the tracks on the east side of town, they continued westward by the downtown depot. A small contingent of railfans was on hand to get pictures, and most of us paced the train out to Booneville for a meet with an eastbound IAIS freight at 1:30.

The train's consist:

Amtrak GEnesis #84
Amtrak Horizon Dinette - #53004
Amtrak Dorm Lounge - #2507, "Pacific Northwest"
PRR Observation - #120, "Pennsylvania"
Santa Fe Theater Observation - #89, "William Barstow Strong"
Here are a few images of the train as it passed through Des Moines:
Short Line Junction, Amtrak 84
Short Line Junction, Pennsylvania
Downtown Des Moines, Amtrak 84
Downtown Des Moines, Amtrak 84
Downtown Des Moines, SF 89
Booneville, Amtrak 84
Booneville, SF 89
Booneville, IAIS 800
Booneville, IAIS 800
Booneville, IAIS 900