IOWA, CHICAGO & EASTERN  

Almost all of the IC&E traces it's origins to Milwaukee Road ownership. The Milwaukee was taken over by the SOO Line in 1985 and subsequently parent Canadian Pacific absorbed the SOO. CP decided to sell the 1385 miles of line in April 1997 to I&M Rail Link which was owned by the Washington Corp. who also own the Montana Rail Link and Southern Rwy. of British Columbia. The line had a difficult start-up and Washington Corp. had trouble turning a profit, so they sold the lines in July 2002 to the parent company of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern which connected with it in southern Minnesota. In October 2008 the Canadian Pacific acquired the DM&E and with it the IC&E so ironically the tracks are now back in the CP family.

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GP9 #114 is doing local work at Rock Island, IL on April 25, 2009. This unit is still in it's SOO colors (SOO #2409) and was included in the sale of the lines to the I&M Rail Link and subsequently to the IC&E.

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GP40-2 #4205 is switching the yard at Muscatine, IA in a driving rainstorm on April 26, 2009, giving it a glossy look.

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GP40-2 #4209 the 'City of Mason City' is appropriately enough at the yard in Mason City, IA on September 18, 2010.

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SD40-2 #6451 and DM&E #6089 pull train #171 along the Mississippi River and the linear park and bikepath in Bettendorf, IA on April 26, 2009.

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The same train contines northbound, still along the Mississippi at Princeton, IA on 4/26/09.

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SD40-2's #6405 & 6424 are northbound with train #919 passing the park and boat launch on the Mississippi at Buffalo, IA on September 16, 2006. This train runs from Nahant Yd. to the large IPSCO steel mill at Montpelier and back.

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SD40-2's #6404 & 6424 idle across from the yard office at Nahant Yd. in Davenport, IA on August 23, 2008. Nahant Yard is the operational center of the IC&E and still has a working roundhouse and turntable.

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SD40-2 #6448 & 6430 lead T#171 through Bettendorf, IA on April 25, 2009. In the background is the Centennial Bridge over the Mississippi River and Lock & Dam #15.

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Train #171 continues north wedged between Route 67 and the Mississippi near Princeton, IA.

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SD40-2's #6418, 6452 & DM&E SD40-3 #6051 roll train MSPKC south at Pleasant Valley, IA on August 23, 2008. The train is meeting local #910 with DM&E GP40 #4001 who are working an industry off the siding.

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MSPKC continues south at Riverdale, IA. This trackage was once the Davenport, Rock Island & Northwestern, a joint MILW/BN operation, and to this day BNSF retains rights to service customers on the line with a local as far north as Clinton.

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SD40-2 #6405 & DM&E #6368 lead T#622, a unit ethanol train, east at Monroe Center, IL on April 25, 2009.

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SD40-2 #222 is at the yard in Ottumwa, IA on September 16, 2006. This is one of the units inherited from I&M Rail Link and is still in the Washington Corp. colors.

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DM&E SD40-3 #6050 & IC&E SD40-2 #6410 are in the shop area of Nahant Yard in Davenport, IA on August 23, 2008.

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DM&E SD40-3 #6082 and IC&E SD40-2 #6404 bring T#919 (The IPSCO turn) into the south end of Nahant Yard in Davenport, IA on August 23, 2008.