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Drive to Rock Island 7/20/2011

by Chris Guenzler

I was up and packed before heading to breakfast with Bob and Elizabeth in the lobby. Nathan and I loaded the rental van filled our ice boxes full of ice for our drinks. Gene bought out his luggage as did Bob and Elizabeth. We left the Depot Inn & Suites and I drove out the same way we had returned from Wyaconda yesterday. Outside of Baring the low fuel light came on and Nathan had forgot to fill the van up with gas last night. We stopped in Rutedge but the station there had no gas but told us he gets his gas in South Gorin. We made it there and Nathan put half a tank of gas into the rental van. We all felt better as we headed to Wyaconda where we took Route A north to US Highway 136 east through Medill and onto Wayland where we turned north onto Missouri Highway 27 which once we crossed the Des Moines River it became Iowa Highway 27. We turned west onto Belfast Road taking that west to the BNSF Crossing.

BNSF UP6670 East at Belfast Road. We went back to Iowa Highway 74 which we took north to Argyle. We got off of that road onto J72 then made a right on 180 Ave then a right on 295 Street which turned into 195 Ave which we took to the bridge that overlooked Argyle.

Argyle, Iowa.

Our group on the Argyle Bridge.

BNSF 7877 West with DPU's on the rear end at Argyle.

BNSF 7468 East with NS 2599 as the second unit at Argyle.

BNSF 7294 West at Argyle.

Amtrak's Southwest Chief was running right on time at Argyle.

Amtrak met a BNSF westbound at Argyle this morning.

BNSF 5528 West at Argyle.

BNSF Ferromex 4638 West at Argyle.

The view north down the road at Argyle. We returned south down 195 Ave making a left onto 290 Street which changed names but got us out to US 218 which we took south to 300th Ave where we made a left going over to US 61 which we went north on. We saw an empty BNSF coal train and went right onto 280th Street to get pictures of it.

BNSF 9130 West at Montrose. We returned to US 61 which we took into Fort Madison stopping at Burger King for lunch. After lunch, Bob and I walked over to the Dollar General Store for some ice cream. After lunch we stopped by the former CB&Q and Santa Fe Stations and by the Santa Fe 4-8-4 2913. After that we left Fort Madison turning east onto Iowa Highway 2 to cross The Santa Fe Toll Bridge which was open to let a barge travel south down the Mississippi River.

No road or rail traffic could cross the river until the bridge was closed. Once it was, we drove across paying the toll in the middle before reaching Illinois. From there we drove Illinois Highway 96 north to Lomax where I turned off onto Carman Road to the tracks just as the Crossing Gates started to drop.

BNSF 7899 West at Lomax. We returned to Illinois Highway 94 which we took into Stronghurst and found an eastbound BNSF train sitting.

The Stronghurst Station.

BNSF 4966 East sitting at Stronghurst. We headed out of Stronghurst on Illinois Highway 94 making a right onto Road 975 North which took us through Media. After going under the BNSF mainline we turned left onto 950 North and got our first look at the Media Trestle. We took road 1960 under the trestle then set up for some pictures of this impressive structure.

The BNSF Media Trestle.

BNSF 6243 West on the Media Trestle.

This is one impressive trestle on the BNSF Transcon Line.

BNSF 7565 West on the Media Trestle.

BNSF NS 9906 West on the Media Trestle. We drove back into Media then went north on Road 1875 East that took us to US 34 which we took east into Monmouth where we got onto Illinois Highway 5 which we took into Cameron. We parked the van and took a walk to get pictures and it didn't take long.

BNSF 9788 East at Cameron.

BNSF 7318 West with DPU's 7284 and 7552 on the rear end. We drove down to a parked BNSF coal train having engine problems.

The stopped BNSF 9981 East just west of Cameron.

BNSF 9981.

BNSF 9538.

The train then started moving and we got back into the van, drove back to where we parked then walked down to get the over and under shot at Cameron.

The over and under shots at Cameron. From here we drove into Galesburg where we stopped at City Hall so Elizabeth and I could get City Pins. From there we drove down to the Amtrak Station.

CB&Q 4-6-4 3006 on display in Galesburg.

The steam engine and a BNSF coal train heading west. From here I took them to a surprise location in Galesburg.

The Train House in Galesburg was my surprise photo location for them. No one was home so we sat in the shade waiting for a train to come.

The old CB&Q crossing over the old Santa Fe now both lines are BNSF mainlines.

Amtrak's California Zephyr came into Galesburg. After that we gassed up the rental van then drove to Moline and checked into the Motel 6 for our stay here. We went to Arby's for dinner before we drove down to the Train Festival Ground and got to enjoy the sights and sounds of Steam Locomotives in Rock Island. We returned to the Motel 6 where I wrote this story before calling it an early night.