Steam Loco 7081 Pulls Benefit Trips
for Fire Depts. in western Iowa


 
 

QJ steam locomotive No. 7081 pulled benefit trips on the weekend of July 24-25, 2010 to raise funds for 3 volunteer fire departments on the western end of the Iowa Interstate -- the Earlham Fire & Rescue, the Atlantic Fire Dept. and the Anita Fire Dept. The consist deadheaded from Newton to Earlham on Friday, July 23, with steam loco No. 7081, water tank, tool car, 8 coaches (accommodating 800 passengers) and diesel  No. 700 for switching. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Earlham Fire & Rescue sold approximately 1,100 tickets and No. 7081 pulled 2 roundtrips (25 miles/roundtrip) between Earlham and Stuart, Iowa.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A crowd of approximately 2,000 supported the Atlantic and Anita Fire Departments; since the initial two roundtrips sold out immediately, a third was added.  No. 7081 pulled a total of 3 roundtrips (25 miles/roundtrip) between Atlantic and Anita, Iowa; a very successful event for the volunteer fire departments!

The weekend was a triumph of organization by Mick Burkart, IAIS VP & Chief Operating Officer, executed without incident and according to plan operationally by Jeff Johnson, Director of Safety & Security, and mechanically by Randy Laughridge, Chief Mechanical Officer, and their respective teams. The steam part was executed by Robert Franzen, Steam Services of America, and a small army of volunteers in a safe and professional manner. 

Special thanks to all who had a part!

The following photos were taken by RDC & IAIS Chairman/Student Fireman
Henry Posner III...





 
 

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Newton- Jeff Johnson
leads Rules Class/
Job Briefing

Newton - preparing 
for departure

Des Moines - passing 
through UP yard 
(Iowa State Capitol 
building in distance)

 

Des Moines - Photo Op

 
 

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Des Moines - TV interview

 

Des Moines - cleaning the fire

Earlham - Fire Dept. ticket sales

Earlham - boarding

 
 

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Up close and personal with
the business end of a QJ

Danny Draves - Candidate for 
"Dirtiest Jobs" reality show

 

Mick Burkart at the throttle

Atlantic - Coaling technology 21st century-style

 
 

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Student Fireman

Dennis Family - winner 
of first lottery for cab visit

 

Handicapped access

Dennis Family - winner
of second lottery for cab visit (no, it was not rigged)

 
 

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A Big Deal in Anita

Anita - VIP reviewing stand

Family Values

Group photo - Railroaders
and Firemen United

 
     
     
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 

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