DMO at Hawkeye
October 2 and 11
taken on Thursday, October 2, shows the completion of work on the State
Street grade crossing. It's been a long wait, and all of us who
use this road daily are grateful that it is finally completed!
A few days later, Saturday, October 11, I went to the same crossing to catch the DMOWQM,
out of Des Moines at 6:30. I'd overheard a discussion with the
dispatcher that morning where the crew was asked how long it would take
them to get to Albia, approximately a 65 mile trip. The reply was
"If we don't have work at Knoxville, about four and a half hours."
With work at Knoxville, they would not make Burlington on their
hours. I heard them arranging for a "dog catch" later that day.
The local had a very short train today, and was led by BNSF 3028, BNSF 7044 and BNSF 123. After they crossed State Street, I headed back home before going out for a little more train-watching on Saturday afternoon. (See next Recent Excursion).