Above: Michael Polk and Craig Willett pose for a photo before the train departed Horn Lake, MS.
In our most recent YouTube upload, take a cab ride on the former Illinois Central passenger main between Horn Lake and Batesville, Mississippi. As you make your journey south, you’ll go through the luscious green countryside, over bridges, and through small towns on this modern-day City of New Orleans, operated by Iowa Pacific’s Grenada Railroad. Your crew on this journey will be student engineer Michael Polk and Iowa Pacific locomotive consultant Craig Willett. With a train this sharp, it’s hard to believe this wasn’t recorded fifty years ago.