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Three Stops In Iowa / Hayford Junction, Bedford Park, Illinois Hot Spot

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Program 107
Three Stops In Iowa / Hayford Junction, Bedford Park, Illinois Hot Spot

A small town grain elevator, a steam locomotive restoration project, and a new (1988) Chinese built steam locomotive are all examined on this trip through Iowa.

At Hinton, grain cars are loaded at the Farmers Co-0p elevator in August, 1995. Then, in Sioux City, we visit with Larry Obermeyer, President of the Siouxland Historical Railroad Society. The Society is in the process of restoring Great Northern steam locomotive 1355. They are also turning an old Milwaukee Road roundhouse into a museum that will become the engines permanent home. Taped in May, 1996. Finally we end up in Boone, Iowa and the Boone & Scenic Railroad. The railroad's desire to have a steam locomotive to pull its excursion trains led to the purchase of a brand new, Chinese built, engine that was constructed in 1988.

Hayford Junction in Chicago, Illinois is the featured Hot Spot. The train speeds are low and there is no passenger service, but variety is the key here. Highlighted by an appearance of Alco locomotives from the Belt Railway of Chicago.

Videotaped in June 1996.

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Grain dust drifts away from covered hoppers as they are loaded with corn at the Farmer's Co-op Elevator at Hinton, Iowa.

A Trackmobile is used to shuttle cars between the elevator and nearby sidings in blocks of eight.

An ongoing project since 1986, Great Northern 4-6-2 #1355 undergoing restoration in an ex-Illinois Central enginehouse in Sioux City, Iowa. The 1355 displays the rear end of its Belpaire firebox.

The locomotive has since been moved to an ex-Milwaukee Road engine terminal at nearby Riverside.

The Boone & Scenic Valley's excursion star is Chinese built 2-8-2 #8412, seen here pulling into the B&SV's station at Boone, Iowa.

The Boone & Scenic Valley also operates electric and diesel powered trains. This beautifully restored Charles City western interurban cars heads toward downtown.

These Canadian Pacific SD40-2's are about to cross the Grand Trunk Western as they head east out of Clearing Yard.

Yet another westbound approaches Clearing. Speeds are low here, but there is lots of variety.

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