Another Type of Heritage Locomotive

This past Saturday (May 19), I went to Chicago to present a shortened version of my steel mills program at the Homewood Railroad Days slide show.

Of course I got many good train pictures, but the best was catching the Iowa Interstate’s Rock Island heritage locomotive at Blue Island.

We first pulled up and an IAIS ethanol train was backing into the Indiana Harbor Belt yard. Imagine my surprise/shock to see the Rock Island heritage unit was on the head end.

But I was on the wrong side with the sun.

Knowing the power would return at some point, we waited and railfanned for a couple of hours. Train traffic was steady with a good variety, including CSX, IHB and Canadian National. Even Norfolk Southern and a BC Rail engine went by our lenses.

Finally the Rock Island unit returned light facing the right direction for the sun.

IAIS trains must do a reverse move through the interlocking and he had to wait another hour for things to clear up enough to get back to its own line.

The wait was well worth it for us.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon




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