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April 27, 1988 | BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writer
Oh, the Iowa Traction line is not a mighty good road as railroads go. It has only 12 miles of track, much of it warped and rickety and some unusable. The newest locomotive in the fleet was built in 1923. And slow? Barking dogs race the trains and win. Yet a year ago, Dave Johnson put up his life savings to buy the failing line, saving from extinction the last commercial freight-hauling electric trolley railroad in the country.
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April 27, 1988 | BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writer
Oh, the Iowa Traction line is not a mighty good road as railroads go. It has only 12 miles of track, much of it warped and rickety and some unusable. The newest locomotive in the fleet was built in 1923. And slow? Barking dogs race the trains and win. Yet a year ago, Dave Johnson put up his life savings to buy the failing line, saving from extinction the last commercial freight-hauling electric trolley railroad in the country.
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