Virtual Train Watching
In Iowa


Virtual Train Watching Excursions - 1995

March 10 to Osceola
March 15 to Ottumwa
March 18 to Ottumwa
March 25 to Nevada
April 1 and 8 to Boone
April 8 to Des Moines
April 15 to Creston and Pacific Junction
April 22, 23 to Sedalia, MO
April 25 CNW-IAIS Detour
May 25 to Marshalltown, IA
June 2 to Atlantic and Woodbine
June 3 to Mason City and Manly
June 10 and 12 to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
June 21 to Chariton - SLSF 1522
June 26 to Pacific Junction and Hamburg
July 19 to Creston
August 4 to Boone
September 1 to RITS
September 9 to Atlantic, Boone and Des Moines
October 21 to Creston

Virtual Train Watching Excursions - 1996

February 24 to Ottumwa
March 13 to Albia and Moravia
April 14 Around the Block
April 20 A Day at Creston
May Term 1996 - Railfanning for Credit
May 11 Madison County Zephyr and Short Line Junction
June 10 and 13 to Osceola
June 15 to the BN and APNC
June 29 - Ride the Wabash
July 6 - Madison County Zephyr
August 24 - UP 844 Comes to Iowa
Labor Day in Osceola
September 3 - UP 844 Returns to Iowa
September 7 - UP 844 in Des Moines
September 8 and 10 to Chariton
September 14 - MCZ and Hawkeye Express in Des Moines
September 20 and 21 - Minneapolis and St. Paul
September 29 - Council Bluffs
October 5 - Hawkeye Express Gets Rubber Tires
October 12 and 13 Along the IAIS
October 19 - Osceola and Creston
October 23 - Osceola
Nov. 16 - BN Ottumwa, Plus CNW Images
Nov. 23 - IARP Meeting in Osceola
Nov. 30 - Near the UP Spine Line
Dec. 26 - Osceola
Dec. 30 and 31 - Great River Road, Burlington to Dubuque

Virtual Train Watching Excursions -1997

January 18 - CP and BNSF in Ottumwa
January 23 and 26 - Rare Diesel in Indianola, IAIS at Booneville
February 1 - Ottumwa Train Meet
February 15 - Kansas City and GATS
March 9 - Creston
March 12 - Passenger Train on Illinois Central
March 15 - ATK 200, BNSF 131 Osceola to Albia
March 29 - UP - to Nevada and Marshalltown
March 31 - UP/BNSF - to Beech, Melcher and Chariton
April 5 - In Search of Ivan the Terrible
April 26 - Helpers at Albia - RGP
May 21 - Boone
May 24 - Creston and Osceola
May 30 - Melcher, Albia and Ottumwa
June 5 and 7 to Des Moines
June 10 - Des Moines, Grinnell and Albia
June 14 - Albia and Ottumwa - BNSF, IMRL - Bonus "Critter"
June 22 - Creston
June 25 - Pickup Fouls Track in Indianola
June 26 - Along the BNSF to Galesburg
June 28 and 29 - Galesburg Railroad Days
July 8, 9, 10 and 12 - Fremont, NE and other destinations.
July 18 - Osceola
July 25 - Pumpkin in Des Moines
July 31 - Fort Dodge, Breda and Some Critters
August 3 - Des Moines, Trans Global and Short Line
August 9 - Chariton and Osceola
August 13 - Short Line Junction - Passengers
August 16 - BNSF and APNC
August 22 and 23 to Short Line - CZ Silver Solarium on the IAIS
September 12 and 13 - Waterloo and the RITS National Meet
September 19 and 20 - Des Moines' Short Line Yard
September 27 to Osceola and Albia
October 3 and 17 to Osceola - the Madison County Zephyr Rides Again
October 18 to Boone - IARP Meeting at the B and SV
October 23 and 24 to Kansas City - BNSF, IMRL and DTC
November 1 to Davenport - MRL Silver Cloud at Nahant
November 15 to Des Moines - Short Line Derailment and Great Midwestern Meet
December 13 to Osceola and Albia
December 20 to Nevada and Marshalltown
December 23 and 25 to Osceola and Creston

Virtual Train Watching Excursions -1998

January 2 to Ottumwa
February 14 to Creston - A Foggy Valentine's Day
February 28 to Ottumwa and The Quincy Mall Train Show
March 7 to Burlington
March 10 to Osceola - VTWI Anniversary
March 15 to Marshalltown and Boone
March 21 to Great Midwestern Meet, Transglobal and Marshalltown
March 28 to Creston, Council Bluffs, Missouri Valley and Boone
March 28 Collision at Creston
April 4 to Short Line Yard and Carlisle
April 11 to Chariton and Albia
April 19 to Osceola and Albia
April 22 - Amtrak Inspection Train in Des Moines
May 1 - Crossover Russell
May 7 - IAIS Crane Train in Des Moines
May 10 - Mothers' Day, a Trip Around the Block
May 17 - To Nahant along the IMRL
May 19 through 23 - Various short trips - IAIS, UP
May 27 and 29 - Union Pacific in Boone and Des Moines
May 30 - A Very Busy Day at Creston
June 6 and 7 - Virtual Train Watching in Illinois
June 12 - Unwelcome Railfans in Galesburg
Galesburg Again - Railroad Days, June 26 and 27
July 10 - Walker and Assorted Caboose Spots in Iowa
July 21, 28, 30 and August 1 - Osceola and Des Moines Excursions
August 5 to Osceola
August 8 - Busy Saturday on the BNSF
August 12-14 - Visits to Short Line Junction
August 22 - Mo. Valley, Sioux City, Sheldon, Spencer
September 11, 12 and 13 to RITS National in Elmhurst, Illinois
November 21 to Ottumwa - BNSF and IMRL
November 27 - Albia, Eddyville, Marshalltown, Ames, Des Moines, Carlisle
December 18 - Osceola and Creston
Christmas Day - Osceola and Chariton

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 1999

Snowy Iowa - January 2 and 16
Derailment at Melrose - February 12
IAIS Passenger Special - February 14
VTWI Anniversary - New Camera
To Naperville, Illinois, along the BNSF - March 18 and 20
UP Spine Line and E/W Mains - March 27
RITS Meet in Cedar Falls, UP Marshalltown - April 3
Short Visits to Short Line - April 10 and 12
175 Hamburgers to Go - BNSF and IMRL, April 24
Short Line and Boone - April 29 and May 1
Des Moines - May 5
UP Again, Carroll to Boone - May 10
Albia - May 13
Chariton, Dorotha Fluke Many - May 16
Helpers at Albia - May 19
Distributed Problems, Albia Again - May 22
East Iowa Tour - May 24, 25, 26
Ames and Marshalltown - May 29
Westward Ho! Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado - June 13 to 18
Two Trips to Galesburg, Frisco 1522, Railroad Days - June 23 and 27
Two Short Visits to the BNSF - July 3 and 7
Amtrak with the Grandkids - July 10 and 11
Osceola - July 16
Two Osceolas, Iowa Falls and Ackley, IC Derailment - July 29
Albia and Ottumwa - August 4
RITS 1999 in Moline - August 6, 8 and 8
Pella, Oskaloosa, Eddyville and Marshalltown - August 14
Along the Spine Line - August 28, September 5 and 6
Two Short Visits to Short Line - September 11 and 17
UP Business Train and Boone Coaling Tower Demolition - September 18
Osceola for Pictures - September 21
Chariton, MKSDM Delay - September 26
A Short Trip to Short Line - October 2
A Night in the Berning Motor Inn, Creston - October 8 and 9
Business Car on No. 5 - October 14
Amtrak Accident - October 29
Fall Break Excursions, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Boone - November 4, 5 and 6
Friday Afternoon on the BNSF - November 12
Marshalltown - Sunday, November 14
Traffic at Maxon - November 26
Christmas Greetings from Jan and Dick
Short Line - December 22 and 23
Chariton and Osceola - Christmas Day
Boone Derailment Site - December 27
Albia and Ottumwa - December 28

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2000

New Year's Eve and Day in Osceola
Along the Spine Line and Exploring Seymour - January 6 and 7
Des Moines, Nevada, Iowa Falls and Williams - January 15
Jan Tinder, January 3, 1943 - January 27, 2000
Osceola and Creston - February 12
Nevada and Marshalltown - March 4
Ottumwa Train Meet - March 11
Chicago and Short Line - March 18 and 22
Rock Island Remnants - April 1 and 2
Meets - Bob Drenten in Osceola and Great Midwestern in Des Moines - April 11 and 15
Albia and Ottumwa - April 29
California Excursion - May 31 to June 11
Galesburg Railroad Days 2000 - June 23 and 24
In Search of MILW 261 - June 26
Creston to Albia, Slow Day on the BNSF - June 29
Along the Spine - July 4
Creston and Osceola, Herzog Day - July 6
Albia and Ottumwa, Four-Mile Bridge Project - July 8
Ride the Wabash 2000 - July 15
Four-Mile Bridge Curfew - July 16
Albia and Ottumwa Again - July 22
Galesburg Moving Day - August 6
Albia and Chariton - August 10
Boone and Carroll - August 19 and 20
New Rail at Maxon - August 27
Labor Day Weekend in Marshalltown - September 2
Virtual Train Watching in Missouri - September 9
A Foggy Morning Along the BNSF - October 28
Boone Meet - November 4 and Laramie Trip - November 9-12
Marshalltown - November 25

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2001

Shannon - December 28 and Short Line - January 2
Iowa City and Davenport - January 13
Albia and Ottumwa, New Amtrak Power - January 27
Russell, Chariton, Des Moines and Beech - February 1 and 3
Creston After the Snowstorm - February 10
UP Detours on IAIS - February 15 and 16
Great Midwestern and RITS Meets in Des Moines - February 24
Ottumwa - Quincy Mall Meet - March 3
VTWI Anniversary - Osceola and Chariton - March 10
Spring Break, Snow Storm in Iowa, Fort Madison - March 14 and 15
To Chariton with Dennis and Paul - Saturday, March 17
RITS Meet in Cedar Falls - Saturday March 24
NARP in Grinnell and Amtrak at Osceola - Saturday, April 7
Marshalltown and Short Line - Saturday, April 14
Des Moines with Dennis and Paul - IMRL Detour
Selected Shorts - Chariton, Short Line and Amtrak's 30th
Saturday Along the BNSF - April 28
More Selected Shorts - Osceola, Shannon and Chariton
Nevada, Boone and Stuart - May 9 and 10
Marshalltown and Oelwein - May 15
Waitin' on the Double-D. 6936 on the Spine Line - May 23
Fremont, NE. with Bob Drenton and Byron - May 26
CIC Passenger Special and some BNSF - June 2
BNSF Chariton to Creston, Plus IAIS Encounter - June 7 and 8
Two BNSF Visits - June 14 and 16
A Rainy Day in Lucas County - June 20
Galesburg Railroad Days 2001 - June 23
Two Short Visits to Short Line - June 30 and July 5
Colorado Excursion, Craig Branch of the Rio Grande with Dennis and Paul - July 14 through 22
Dog Days in Iowa, Spine Line Derailment - July 31
Marshalltown, Boone and Des Moines - July 11 and August 8
Osceola and Creston - August 4 and August 10
Sturgis Special at Ottumwa - August 13
RITS National Convention in Peoria - September 21, 22, 23
Osceola and Creston with Mike Endres - September 29
Kate Shelley Bridge, Railfan Video - October 19
Gentle Soul Called Home, Marshalltown Excursion - October 27
Boone, Kate Shelley Meet - November 3
Amtrak on the Kate Shelley Bridge - November 10
Ottumwa Traffic - November 23
A Short Visit to Chariton - December 8
Bad Fit at Beech - December 14
Christmas Presents at Osceola - December 15
M-WQMDMO Derailment at Pleasantville - December 15
Christmas Break 2001, Short Excursions, New Toy - December 24, 26, 29 and 31

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2002

To Marshalltown with Mike Endres - January 5
A Short Visit to Short Line - January 12
A Busy Morning on the BNSF, Osceola and Creston - January 19
A Warm Winter Day at Boone - January 26
Snow at Last! Chariton and Albia - February 2
Des Moines, Osceola, Chariton, Etc. - February 16
Round Trip to Galesburg - February 23
Remotes in Des Moines and Story City Derailment - March 11 and 12
Spring Break Trip to Ft. Madison - March 13 and 14
RITS Meet in Cedar Falls - March 23
Albia and Ottumwa with Steve Emmons - March 30
IMRL and BNSF, Ottumwa - April 13
Selected Shorts - April 28, May 2 and May 3
Trains in the Rain - May 11
Passenger Special, IC E Units on the CRandIC - May 14
To Marshalltown with Mike Endres - May 16
A Day at Galesburg with Bob Drenten - May 21
Train Watching Watching with Steve and Kirk - May 24
Goin' to Kansas City... - May 26 with Dave Kroeger and Russ Lyon
Three Amtrak Encounters - June 1 and June 8
Chasing the Challenger, UP 3985 Crosses Iowa - June 10 and 11
PV's Return, No. 6 at Creston, No. 5 at Osceola - June 15
Challenger Returns, Marshalltown and Nevada - June 18 and 19
UP 3985 South - June 22 and 23
Ottumwa with Mike Endres - July 3
Saturday Morning at Osceola - July 13
Colorado Excursion 2002, Hastings, Alliance, Beyers and Gore Canyons - July 19, 20, 21 and 23
Ft. Worth, Texas, Tower 55 and the BNSF Dispatching Center - August 5 and 6
Short Line Junction - August 10
Ottumwa With Scott Evans - August 13
Afternoon Zephyr - August 24
A Round Trip to Marshalltown - August 31
RITS 2002 in Des Moines - September 20 and 21
A Fall Afternoon on the BNSF - October 5
Kate Shelley Meet and Selected Shorts, KC, Ft. Madison and Keokuk - November 11
Wednesday Along the BNSF - November 13
In Search of C&NW 400, Keokuk - November 27
Marshalltown Excursion and the KCS Christmas Train - December 18 and 22

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2003

New Year's Eve on the Iowa Northwestern - December 31
Marshalltown with the Vander Molens - January 4
A Cold Morning on the BNSF - January 11
Traffic on the BNSF, Osceola and Creston - January 25
Great Midwestern Meet - February 22, plus Odds and Ends on the UP
Spring Break 2003, Ottumwa and Keokuk
Beech Briefs - March 28 and 29
Saturday on the BNSF - April 12
Rainy Day on the UP - April 18
School's Out - BNSF - April 25
Averill Open House and BNSF Afternoon - April 27
Commuting Encounters - April 28 through May 7
More Commuting, Spine Line - May 11 and May 13
Late Zephyr - May 12
Catching UP, and the BNSF, too - May 26 through June 15
Ottumwa With BT - June 17
Railroad Days Without the Railroad - June 28
Meets at Beech - June 24 and 29
Honeymoon to Glenwood Springs, CO - July 20 through 25
CTC Beech and Ottumwa - August 13
CIGRS Meeting, Meets at Beech, September 20, October 4 and 11
A Day on the BNSF, Amtrak Special - October 12
Kate Shelley Meet - November 1
Assorted Garden and Prototype - November 8 through December 3
Spine Line and Marshalltown - December 6

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2004

Osceola and Creston - January 10
Boone January 31, CIGRS Meeting February 15
Urbandale Meet and Two Stops at Beech - February 21 through 27
Ottumwa Quincy Mall Meet - February 28
Spring Break, Short Visit to the BNSF - March 8
Short Line Bridge Closed - March 9
Fort Madison and Keokuk - March 13 and 14
Cedar Falls RITS Meet - March 27
Easter Break on the BNSF, A Few Beech Encounters - April 12
Garden Railroading, CIGRS and Home - April 18
Three Stops at Beech - April and May
Des Moines Doings - May 1
Enough Stops at Beech - May 10 through May 23
Spring Day Along the BNSF - June 3
Trains at Pleasantville - May 27, June 23 and 25
Where've You Been, Dick?
UP Sightings and CIGRS Meet, June 19
Chasing the Challenger 2004 - June 25
Congestion at Albia - August 28, August CIGRS Meet
Two Saturday Drives, September 4 and September 11
Two Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society Meets
Fall Break, 18 Trains - October 21
Kate Shelley Meet - November 6
A Saturday on the BNSF - November 13
Warm Winter Saturday, Marshalltown - December 4
Christmas Break, Creston - December 29

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2005

M-DMOWQM - January 15
Quincy Mall Train Meet in Ottumwa - February 26
Virtual Train Watching in Iowa TENTH ANNIVERSARY - March 10, 2005
Spring Break 2005, Marshalltown and Ft. Madison, March 16, 18 and 19
Trouble on the Hill - Albia, April 13
Here and There - May 23 through June 2
One Train - June 10
Monday on the BNSF - June 13
CIGRS in Dexter and Family to Chicago - July 17 and 24
Creston Congestion - July 27
RELCO Albia Open House - August 6
RITS National in Colorado Springs - August 9 through 14
Assorted Late Summer - August 17 through September 18
Oskaloosa Walkabout - October 2
Fort Madison, Burlington and West Liberty - October 15
Catch Twentytwo, Marshalltown - October 27
Kate Shelley Meet - November 5

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2006

A Morning at Maxon - January 7
Quincy Mall Meet - February 25
Spring Break on the UP - March 14
A Saturday on the BNSF - May 6
Miscellaneous Late May and June
A Day at Creston - June 27
Assorted July Excursions, Pleasantville to KC
Albia and Ottumwa - August 11
RITS National Meet - August 17 and 19
A Quick Albia Visit - August 25 and 26
Eldon, Ft. Madison and Burlington - Sept 2
CIGRS Meet at The EJ and K - October 29
Kate Shelley Meet - November 4
BNSF at Creston - December 19
Fort Madison, Burlington, Ottumwa and Albia - December 29

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2007

Spring Break 2007 - March 10 through March 17
Pleasantville, Cedar Falls and Marshalltown - March and April
Pleasantville is now Hawkeye - May 5
Good Catch on the BNSF - May 12
Short Line Morning - June 5
Short Line Steam - June 8
New Industrial Siding at Pleasantville - June 7 through June 12
Cascade Siding Revisited - June 16 - 20
Sunny Morning at Boone - June 21
UP 844 at Carlisle - June 28
BNSF with Gary Wright - July 6
Des Moines Branch Trio, DP, Derailment and Donnelly - August 3, 7 and 18
Assorted October and November - Kate Shelley Meet
Thanksgiving Break - Delayed at Albia

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2008

Christmas Break - Assorted Excursions
Two Pleasantville DMO Encounters - January 19 and 26
Saturday at Chariton and Albia - February 23
Saturday Excursion to Marshalltown - March 1
Ottumwa Train Meet - March 8
Spring Break Visit to Short Line - March 13
Short Line and Pleasantville - March 15 and 20
CPFW at Carlisle and Indianola Train Show - April 2 and 5
Des Moines Train Meet - April 19
Ottumwa Flood, Last Train - June 14
Assorted July, Ottumwa, Pleasantville
DMO Encounter - August 19
Short Line and Marshalltown - September 6
Burlington Washout, RITS Convention - September 13
State Street Crossing Repaired at Last, DMO Encounter - October 2 and 11
Short Line Junction with Johnathan Quinn - October 11
Marquette and Ladora - October 17 and 18
Albia Garden Trains and Relco Tour - December 6

Virtual Train Watching Excursions 2009

DMOs in Pleasantville - January and February
Des Moines Derailment - February 18
West Yard Shanty - February
Ottumwa Train Show with Mark VanWyk - March 7
Bad Day at Short Line - March 21
DMO Meet in Pleasantville - April 1
Zephyr at Osceola, R.I.P. Jr - April 28
Albia with Jonathan Quinn - May 11
Colorado '09, Bailey Yard, Operation Lifesaver Train - June 12 to June 18
Short Line with Mr. Wright - August 18
Two Amtraks at Chariton - August 31
Holiday Weekend Pleasantville Meet - September 5
Des Moines Morning - September 12
Day Out in Boone - September 19
Rock Island Block Signal - September 25
Rare Meet at Beech - September 28
Rail Grinder on the UP - October 6
Boone Meet - November 7
Winter 09-10

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