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Steam (but not boats) out of Rock Isl in Sept

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    Steam (but not boats) out of Rock Isl in Sept

    Since some on this list are also interested in steam trains, I thought I would mention that some steam railroad excursions out of Rock Island & Davenport in September have just been announced. What is really unusual about these trips is that they will be pulled by doubleheaded Chinese 2-10-2 locomotives that have just been imported from China. The trips will have coach and first class seating and one is a dinner train. Here is the schedule:

    Thursday, Sept. 14 Dinner train out of Rock Island.
    Friday, Sept. 15 Round trip Rock Island to Homestead,IA.
    Saturday, Sept. 16 Round trip Rock Island to Bureau, IA.
    Sunday, Sept. 17 Rock Island/Davenport to Muscutaine & return.
    Sunday, Sept. 17 Muscutaine to Fruitland, IA with return to Muscutaine.
    After Muscutaine trip returns, Rock Island passengers re-board for return to Rock island.

    Tickets & info at: or
    or by phone at 651-765-9812

    As of 6:49 AM today, the excursions don't seem to be posted on these web sites so check back later or call the phone number 10AM-4PM.

    I have no connection with this operation or it's sponsors. Just posting as a matter of info if anyone wnats to go.
    -Jim Herron

    Naturally, I'll be out in Oregon at that time. For river people, I'd like to point out that the Sunday triip from Davenport to Muscatine and back will go right along the Mississippi, about as close as you can get to being on the water. Its a scenic route, same as Hwy 22 which I use when chasing the Queens. That would be a 50 mile round trip.