EDIT: I Edited this thread to correct some in-correct information.
The Bayard Sub - former Milwaukee Road Mainline in Western Iowa
St Patrick's Day, I got up at the Crack of Dawn, but on my best green shirt, and headed over to Council Bluffs to Photograph some more Bald Eagles.
1. Probably got my best Bald Eagle Shot Ever!
After that I headed over to the Iowa Interstate to see what was going on.
2. The Rock Island Heritage Unit was parked outside the shop in the IAIS Yard.
Wile over there I heard the BNSF 3171 get a track Warrent from Council Bluffs all the way to Bayard. I have NEVER caught a train on the Bayard Sub so I scrapped my plans and gave chase!
3. I was pleased to find the BNSF 3171 also had former SF Blue and Yellow 8707 and former SF Red and Silver 520 with it! What a great train on a great line! Like I said before this train is on former Milwaukee Road Track, just to the right of this train is the former Rock Island & Pacific right-of-way. The photo was taken about a mile or so north of Highway 6.
4. Next shot is in the same spot, looking the opposite direction as the train heads under a now abandoned county road bridge.
5. Same spot again, another great feature of this train....... A CABOOSE!!!! In this shot, just left of the caboose, you can see the opening where the Rock Island & Pacific Track also went under this old bridge!
6. A few miles further north, heading towards the town of Underwood, IA
7. This shot is pure garbage. I shouldn't even be posting it. Its taken with an 800mm lens teleconverter combo. I liked how the barn was behind it, but technically its not a good photo.
8. This shot is just north of Neola, IA. On the South End of Neola, the Rock Island & Pacific changed sides of the Milwaukee and headed east and is not in this photo.
9. Shame location, better composition
10. Same location, facing the opposite direction.
I highly recommend chasing this line if you get a chance. lots of nice scenery and the track speed is only 25 mph. Next time I hope to go further north with the train.
Thanks for looking!