We went west along the Iowa Interstate line, monitoring the scanner as usual, but didn't hear or see any trains on the way to Atlantic. A couple of days ago on the Railroad mailing list, Richard Brundage kindly supplied a list of the Purple Martin equipment and the price each piece obtained at auction. The list is reproduced below. Of the equipment auctioned off, nine cars were left in front of the old Rock Island depot in Atlantic, and I've put in a links to images of them.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 13:40:00 -0500 Reply-To: The Railroad ListThere was one other car, which I couldn't find in the above list. Perhaps someone else can help with its identification. It was labeled TVRM 2599, and had a rounded end. The other end of it appears in the image of L&N 3472, above. We found IAIS spreader 9500 sitting in the same yard area. The IAIS yard office stands at the west end of the yard area, displaying its large red and yellow safety reminder sign.
Sender: The Railroad List From: Richard Brundage Organization: .. Black Gold BBS - Tulsa, OK - 918-272-7779 - telnet bgbbs.com // Subject: Purple Martin To: Multiple recipients of list RAILROAD The Mixed Train, publication of the Camerail Club of Omaha in its latest issue offered the following info on the final sales prices of the cars. Caboose (ex L&N?) $9250 UP 502 coach 6750 L&N 3003 Lounge 5000 Milw 502 coach 2250 RI 411 diner 8000 L&N 3467 slpr 6500 IC 2902 coach 3250 IC 2819 coach 6000 L&N 3002 lounge 6750 IC 2838 coach 5000 UP 500 coach 3700 IC 2801 coach 4400 IC 2839 coach 4250 MILW 629 coach 3000 UP 501 coach 3500 IC 2840 coach 4200 L&N 3472 slpr 5500 L&N 3456 slpr 7000 IC 2900 coach 5750 IC 2901 coach 4500 MILW 623 coach 4000 IC 2903 coach 4250 UP 503 coach 5250 RI 4319 slpr 5250 GMO 5461 slpr 5500 City of Memphis slpr 6250 MILW 622 coach 3250 IC 2904 coach 4750 MILW 486 coach 2750 MILW 621 coach 2000 CBQ Hudson 3007 70000 I believe they had at one time, some IC slprs too.
We went next up highway 71 to the junction with I-80, where CB&Q 3007 remains near the original site of the Purple Martin equipment. The loco had been moved to the north, and stood under the I-80 overpass. No other Purple Martin equipment remained at the site. I took several images of the loco:
Our next stop was in Audubon, were we paid a quick visit to our son Byron and his wife Tammi. The old Rock Island branch from Atlantic to Audubon, on which CB&Q 3007 was sitting in the images above, has been abandoned but enough of it is still in place to allow the Purple Martin equipment to be moved southwest to Atlantic. Byron is just beginning to build a small HO layout, and had pieces of plywood and track laid out in an upstairs bedroom. Temporary wiring allowed him to demonstrate some switch moves for us.
We went on north to Carroll, got some MacSandwiches and went to the old CNW depot for lunch. Traffic was light on the UP, but we did catch one DAPX coal empty at 1:00, behind UP 6359 and 9282.
The streets of downtown Boone were blocked off, and traffic was heavy everywhere in the town. We made our way slowly to the Boone and Scenic Valley depot. Restored Charles City Western car 50 was shuttling passengers back and forth between the depot and downtown Boone. In these images, the car is being boarded and leaving on a trip to the east. In about 20 minutes, it returns, switches trolley pole ends, and reloads for another round trip.
Among the activities scheduled for the day were handcar races. Crews of 2 or 4 persons raced the clock on a 1/4 mile course. The 4 man team of HyVee employees, including Simpson College freshman Spencer Vaughn (right front in image) won with a time of 41.84 seconds. Spencer has worked at the B&SV since he was 13, and has both fired and operated their steam loco.
The B&SV Chinese steamer returned from its trip to Fraser Springs just as the handcar races were completed. Here, it crosses Division Street, blowing its whistle (Audio, 163K .au File). It headsthrough the crossover before pulling down to drop 8 carloads of passengers at the depot. The engine is cut off of the train and spotted by the water tower, just west of Harrison Street for pictures and so that visitors may inspect the cab.
After a visit to Boone Hobbies, we drove south to Des Moines, and went into the downtown area south of the loop to get some pictures of circus train equipment. We'd made a preliminary search earlier in the week, and had found only some of the animal cars, just south of the recently abandoned NS yard office. These four cars, 60014, 60004, 60010, and 60003 were parked near 16th and Market.
The rest of the train turned out to be parked in the old Chicago and Great Western yard along Bell Avenue. There we found the following cars, in this order west to east: 60001, 40011, 42204, 41405, 42102, 42109, 42303, 42107, 63001, 60011, 42203, 41305, 42110, 41310, 41302, 41304, 42105, 43001, 42101, 42103, 42104, 41404, 42106, 40013, 42006, 40014, 60002, 84802, and 84801. The cars were connected to a nearby fire hydrant. 42102 carried a couple of spare wheelsets, chained to the underbody of the car. Near the center of the string of cars was what appeared to be a generator car, with unusual vents and underbody tanks. Many of the cars carried the new small satellite dishes, and several had a bicycle chained to a truck.
At the east end, near the old yard office, there were two flat cars with containers. The bridge above is the Southwest 9th Street viaduct. I think there may have been an empty flat over by the NS yard office as well, but I didn't get its number. The old CGW yard office windows and doors carried signs indicating that the people within had nothing to do with the circus or the railroad! That's yours truly and the QuickTake camera reflected in the window.