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    To all IAIS railfanners, I know IAIS connects with the major Class 1 players, but how far out West has IAIS gunderson units have been seen on BNSF or UP runs?

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    I don't recall seeing any IAIS Gunderson units out here, but then I've not been on the lookout for them. However, I do notice FEC container units, so I suppose I would have taken note of anything IAIS.

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    Thanks Paul. I'm researching to see if IAIS gundersons have been incorporated in the long UP and BNSF intermodal consists out in the California high desert areas.

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    Most I've seen is as far south as Kansas City...
    But I have heard that the AOK ones have reached out further, but I'm not positive, I think they try to keep them as close to Iowa as possible.
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    See AOK grain cars here all the time. Haven't seen any IAIS anything. When I do make trips to Iowa for family stuff, I have found it is hard to find any IAIS stuff to fan in the DM area. Where is a good place to fan them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    See AOK grain cars here all the time. Haven't seen any IAIS anything. When I do make trips to Iowa for family stuff, I have found it is hard to find any IAIS stuff to fan in the DM area. Where is a good place to fan them?
    Here's a link to their system map. Seems Des Moines would be a good place....maybe it's all timing for seeing there stuff. When I was in the Quad City area back in December, I saw a ton of IAIS action, including the Rock Island Gevo.

    http://www.iaisrr.com/maps.htm

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    Anyone know who Iowa Interstate has trackage rights over to reach Chicagoland according to their map? Is that ex-Rock that went to Metra, or another railroad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john svensson View Post
    Anyone know who Iowa Interstate has trackage rights over to reach Chicagoland according to their map? Is that ex-Rock that went to Metra, or another railroad?
    According to here and an older version of the Illinois official rail map (latest online version seems to not include trackage rights info), they run on CSX and then the Metra owned track.
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    I know I've seen them on westbound BNSF trains running by my house on the Ralston sub between Omaha and Lincoln, (just across the river from Council Bluffs, IA) which is the western terminal for IIR....so i can vouch that they atleast are going to Lincoln. Couldn't say where they go from there though.
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    Hey! I actually saw a real live IAIS train in Council Bluffs on new years eve. My brother n I went railfanning to the Omaha/CB area to look at steam loco's and stumbled on this:
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    I apologize for the angled shot. It was moving and we were moving away from it.......
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    Love the slug
    Nice catch!

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    Those would make cool models.

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    i think they stay on the iais, they run back and forth between Chicago and Council Bluffs, there used to be an intermediate lift near Iowa city but it is now defunct. In chicago iais goes into Indiana Harbor Belts yard which connects to everybody.

    Council Bluffs used to be mostly night time operation but I think they have moved it to early am now??

    Davenport, ia Rock Island, east moline, and Silvis, IL are probly one of the best places to see iais trains. Silvis Yard was rebuilt on the old Rock Island Kelly yard location a number of years ago and is a major hub for the railroad with road freights ariving from both directions in the morning and departing around 10-11am to the west and 5pm to the east.

    One of my favorite trains of last year was a Coal Train headed for Cedar Rapids
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    They have been doing alot of buisness with NS at their Peoria conection and many speculate that NS will buy them out when management retires.

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    The slug is always cool to see. I think they are more middle of the night operations in the CB area as far as the trains coming and going out of town based on the activity on their tracks east of CB (which only seem to have trains going at night on them). In town though you can usually see the slug and a GP-38 doing switching work all day long between the various yards. A good place to catch it is at the Rails West museum as they tend to go by there quite a bit.
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    Got the opportunity to see a bit of IAIS action on 4 June. It looks like they are doing some construction there in Council Bluffs on the intermodal terminal too.
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    I love the slug, good catch!

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    And you got an ET44C4 (BNSF 3994) to boot. I believe BNSF has less than 200 at this point (quite a few are only a couple of months old), so good catch there too.
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