Eldon and Burlington
Saturday, September 2
Susan and I made a round trip to Keokuk on Saturday to help a friend of hers
who is getting ready to move. On the way down, we stopped in Eldon
to have a look at a Rock Island caboose, situated
in front of the old RI depot. The extended
vision waycar, which was obtained from the IC in Waterloo, was in pretty
poor shape and has had a lot of restoration, such as the work on the steps.
This depot is the site of one of the commemorative tree plaques, dedicated at the Rock's 70th anniversary.
While we were inspecting the caboose, a gentleman pulled up in his
pickup and offered to show us around inside the depot, which is being converted
into a railroad museum.
The museum has a growing and eclectic collection, which includes quite a
few authentic RI relics, along with a number of interesting
contributed pieces. Model and "toy"
trains were abundant. Behind the depot I found a "critter". Our host explained that the old
loco wasn't part of their collection, but belonged
with a bunch of salvage in a lot southwest of the depot.
On our way back home late in the afternoon, we stopped for ice cream at a
little shop near the Santa Fe yard and Amtrak depot in Fort Madison. I
managed to catch a little traffic at the depot around 4:00. A short
set of intermodal cars came out of the yard behind NS
9903 and 8873, and waited for a signal to get
on the mainline. We also watch westbound
and eastbound trains meet
before heading on up the river to Burliington.
At Burlington we stopped long enough to see the California Zephyr make its
stop. When we arrived at 4:45, BNSF 4248
and 2565 were leaving the
yard with a few freight cars. They were just out of sight when
a UCEX coal load came down the hill, stopped
for a crew change at the depot and continued
down the "K Line". This train had distributed
power, with BNSF 5721 leading and BNSF 5851
on the rear.
With the coal train out of the way, Amtrak came
to the depot for its stop at 5:24. As they were pulling in, the two
engines that had left the yard returned, now running
light. In No. 5 tonight:
AMTK 191 and 94
Amtrak made a brief stop and pulled out at 5:30. In just a few minutes
another coal load came through. This one had
BN and BNSF cars with BNSF 9725 and BN 9610 on the point. The conductor gave us a friendly wave from her window
as 9725 rounded the corner.
Transition Sleeper 39018
Sleepers 32030 and 32032
Sightseer Lounge 33028
Coaches 34133, 31035 and 34057
Amtrak Boxcars 74052 and 74051