Friday evening my mom and my daughter's family came over to help me celebrate my 55th birthday. Not railroad-related, you say? Well, actually the party featured a cake decorated with a Rock Island herald. You'll notice in the picture that my granddaughter Ellen's decorated with one, as well. You can't start "training" them too soon. Grandson Will enjoyed the cake, too! My shirt? A Power Mac, "Slow is not an option", one!
My mother brought her usual present of a check, so Saturday morning Jan and I headed for Des Moines so that I could get myself a birthday present. We stopped by Short Line Junction (of course!). The power from the ITKC, UP 3595, 499, and SP 7791, came south across the diamond and back around the southeast leg of the wye into the yard for fuel.
Things were pretty quiet at Short Line, but before we left, the UP rolled east with an engine, CNW 4617, and three cars.
We left at 10:30 and went out to the west end of the Des Moines area to Hobby Haven. I spent some of my birthday money on a couple of DCC decoders, a package of couplers (the bulk variety - no draft boxes, thank you), and the latest Model Railroader.
Jan needed to be back in Indianola by 1:00, so we picked up some sandwiches and drove back to Short Line for lunch at 11:45. The switching chores at the west end of the yard (Job 1) were being done today by CNW 4102 and 4625. 4102 is one of the GeePs that appears on a periodic CNW first generation report published on the "foamer" list. One had just arrived in my in box the day before:
Sept 19 1997 CNW 1st Generation Location Report GP-7 Date Location - type service 4100 8/12 On SP Beaumont, TX status? 4101 9/12 On SP Houston shop status? 4102 9/18 Des Moines, IA yard 4103 R 9/2 RETIRED 4107 9/9 Clinton, IA 4118 7/30 Kansas City shop status? 4121 9/12 Mauriceville, TX local 4130 R 7/15 RETIRED 4131 R 7/16 RETIRED 4132 8/30 Houston shop status? 4135 9/18 Orange, TX local 4138 R 8/26 RETIRE 4140 9/18 Angleton, TX local 4141 9/18 Mitchell, WI yard 4144 9/16 Butler, WI local 4160 9/15 Boone, IA 4163 R 7/17 RETIRE 4169 3/22 Status ? 4174 R 7/15 RETIRE 4190 8/29 Chicago M-19A shop status? 4191 9/18 Mauriceville, TX local 4194 R 8/25 RETIRE 4201 9/3 Houston, TX shop status? 4206 8/28 Carrolton, TX local ? 4209 9/12 Houston shop status? 4307 9/10 Chicago yard 4324 9/19 Chicago yard GP-9 4551 9/ Mauriceville, TX local SD-18 6634 R 9/16 Proviso RETIRE 6646 9/19 Mankato, MN yard UP Roadslugs UPS300 mate 9/18 N. Little Rock shop UPS301mate 3006-3007 9/19 Enroute N.L.R. train MFWNL 18 UPS302mate 9/18 N.L.R. shop UPS303mate3002/3003 9/19 Eureka, TX yard Fuel Tenders UPT5 5/22 Stored N. Platte UPT6 mates 6841-6842 9/19 O'Fallons, NE train CCASN 17 to Sergent Bluffs IA UPT 7 mates 6843-6844 9/19 Kimball, N train CCCNN 18 UPT 8 mates 8/22 At N. PlatteA train, mostly of grain hoppers, appeared to be ready to leave the yard, but was being held for traffic. We could see the power - UP 3584 and BN 5141 (interesting), but we didn't have time to wait for it to move into camera range.