Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero is the publisher of RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Davenport, IA 52802 (population, 102,612 (2016))
Davenport is part of the Metro Area known as the Quad Cities (population 382,630 (2016)) that includes Davenport
Iowa, Rock Island, IL, Bettendorf IA, and Moline IL.
GPS: N 41.52031, W 90.57076 (city park located near Government Bridge) map
Scanner: BNSF road 161.415 , yard 161.100 ; CP Davenport Sub, road 161.085 , Ottumwa Sub
160.770 ; IAIS, Iowa City Sub, road 161.220 , yard 160.305 
Railroads: BNSF East Div, Davenport Sub; CP, Davenport Sub , Ottumwa Sub; IAIS, Iowa City Sub
Description: The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, IA, and Rock Island and Moline, IL straddle the
Mississippi River making for a great combination of River and rails, with many bridges and junctions. The park along
East River Dr under Government Bridge 41.520319, -90.570760 is a place to watch CP along the river where IAIS
crosses over it on Government Bridge. Train frequency is problematic in that perhaps 20 to 30 trains per 24 hours is
spread over 3 different railroads at various locations around the two cities of Davenport and Rock Island.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 20 -30 see note above.
Photo Opportunities: best opportunity is at the riverside parks along the Mississippi in Davenport.
Gregariousness quotient: Low
Breakfast: Corner Kitchen, 114 Myrtle St, Davenport, N 41.52034, W 90.58886
Fast Food: Arby's, 3410 Brady St, Davenport, N 41.55421, W 90.56922
Ice Cream: Sweet Delite Ice Cream, 1901 W 4th St, Davenport, N 41.52337, W 90.60543
Pub and Grub: Mac's Tavern, 316 W 3rd St, Davenport, N 41.52247, W 90.57772
Lodging: Best Western Airport Inn, 2550 52nd Ave, Moline, IL, N 41.46403, W 90.50040;
Comfort Inn Moline - Quad Cities, 2600 52nd Ave, Moline, IL, N 41.46408, W 90.49982
Personal Observation: Lots to see but personally I don't think it is a great destination for a railfan to travel far to.
TRAINS Article: Hot Spots, September 2015 (with a fine map)
Visitor's Center: Visit Quad Cities • Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from TRAINS Magazine and the Internet. I would welcome
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