The Iowa Interstate is one of the nation’s largest and most exciting regional railroads – and their locomotive roster even includes steam engines:
Trains of the Iowa Interstate
The Iowa Interstate Railroad is a large Midwest regional running 470 miles over former Rock Island trackage from Chicago, Illinois to Council Bluffs, Iowa. This late 1990s look at the IAIS shows a fascinating variety of early diesels from EMD and ALCO to transport their trains of unit grain, intermodal, and mixed freight. Including: GP 7, 8, 9, 10, 16 & 38, SD20, SW1200, RS36, C420, and M420s. This exciting show features both switching and road freights. You’ll see many towns, grain elevators, ex-Rock Island depots and beautiful Iowa and Illinois scenery.
Also the Iowa Interstate’s connecting railroads are briefly shown including the Crandic and the P&PU. Each Plets Express DVD comes with a map and additional information to make it easy and enjoyable to follow along with the program.
Iowa Interstate Railroad Locomotive Update 2009
Starting in 2004 big locomotive changes were beginning to take shape across the former Rock Island rails of the Iowa Interstate. The first generation diesel power that served the IAIS so well for over 20 years was wearing out and needed to be replaced. Between the years 2004 and 2007 the IAIS added thirty 2,000 horsepower locomotives to their roster. The diesels consisted of 22 newly rebuilt GP38-2s and eight SD38-2s.
The autumn of 2008 then saw the beginning of a new era on the Iowa Interstate with the arrival of 12 large brand new 4,400 horsepower widecab GE ES44AC’s. And, for something really different, in 2006 the IAIS took an exciting step back in time when the Railroad Development Corp. purchased two Chinese QJ Class 2-10-2 steam locomotives. You’ll see these big steamers powering both passenger excursions and a IAIS road freight. Each Plets Express DVD comes with a map and additional information to make it easy and enjoyable to follow along with the program.