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JESSE JAMES TRAIN ROBBERY SITE
ADAIR, IOWA 50002 -USA
Location: ADAIR, IA
Description:
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
Comments/Directions:
Monument at the site where Jesse James gang staged the first robbery of a moving train on the evening of july 21, 1873. Approx. 1.5 miles west of Adair on county highway G-30.
 Added 07/30/2006

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ALBERT CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
212 N. 2ND ST.
ALBERT CITY, IOWA -USA
Location: Albert City, Iowa
Phone: 712-843-5684
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
Depot, 1900s-era home, early 1900s cars, music boxes, glassware figurines, railroad memorabilia, medical instruments, military room. Small grocery store, laundry room, tool shop. 1875 furnished schoolhouse. Hours: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Memorial-Labor Day and by appointment.
 Added 09/30/2002
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AMANA MILWAUKEE ROAD DEPOT
AMANA, IOWA -USA
Location: AMANA, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
The Milwaukee Road depot in Amana has been preserved and is in fair shape next to the Iowa Interstate tracks.
 Added 11/01/2015

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EX ROCK ISLAND DEPOT
ATLANTIC, IOWA -USA
Location: ATLANTIC, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
Restored ex CRI&P Depot is now offices for the City of Atlantic, and houses a small resturant. ex Rock Island tracks are still active and in use by Iowa Interstate Railroad.
 Added 09/06/2008

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MASON HOUSE INN AND CABOOSE COTTAGE
21982 HAWK DRIVE
BENTONSPORT, IOWA 52565 -USA
Location: BENTONSPORT, IA
Phone: 800-592-3133
Description:
  • RAILROAD B&B/INN/HOTEL
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site MASON HOUSE INN HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
The depot from Bonaparte has been moved to Bentonsport in the 1960's and is part of the inn's facilities. A caboose has recently been added which is a cottage that can be rented.
 Added 02/01/2006

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BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD
225 10TH ST.
BOONE, IOWA 50036 -
Location: FROM INTERSTATE-35, GO WEST ON HWY 30 ABOUT 15 MILES TO BOONE. NORTH ON STORY STREET TO 11TH. LEFT ON 11TH 6 BLOCKS TO T
Phone: 515-432-4249
2nd Phone: 800-626-0319
Description:
  • STEAM EXCURSIONS STANDARD GAUGE
  • DIESEL EXCURSIONS STANDARD GAUGE
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • TROLLEY EXCURSIONS STANDARD GAUGE
  • RAILROAD WATER TOWER
  • RAILROAD SHOPS/FACILITIES
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD BRIDGE
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD HOMEPAGE
Related Webs:
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Scenic 15 mile train ride into the beautiful Des Moines River valley, on historic route of the former FORT DODGE, DES MOINES & SOUTHERN LINE. Two STEAM TRAIN trips a day, Saturdays Memorial Day weekend through October, behind Chinese JS class 2-8-2 steam locomotive. Restored 1920's passenger cars. DIESEL TRAIN one trip weekdays and Sundays. Also, first-class extra fare DESSERT TRAIN offers a two and one half hour rountrip ride, in air-conditioned CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO Pullman lounge car with lounge section, roomettes, observation platform, free refreshments. Also "City of Los Angeles" dining car. (Reservations Recommended) Picnic Train runs Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. $22 for adults and $10 for children 3-12. Dinner Train runs April through the the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Vintage style depot houses gift shop, snack bar, and museum with free exhibits of rail history. FARES AND SCHEDULES: *STEAM TRAIN: $16 adult, $5 children 5-12. Runs Saturdays Memorial Day Weekend through October at 1:30, and 4PM . *DIESEL TRAIN: $16 adult, $5 children. One weekday trip Memorial Day Weekend through October at 1:30 and two trips Sundays at 1:30 and 4. "DESSERT TRAIN: $28 all seats. One trip a day at 12:30 Saturdays only Memorial Day weekend through October. Dinner Train runs Saturday evenings April through the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Also Friday evenings June through October. All seats $55. Reservations necessary. *TROLLEY RIDE: $2 over 12yrs. 9-5 all day weekends. The railroad is open Saturdays in May and daily Memorial Day weekend through October. The depot museum and gift shop are open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday in the off season.
 Added 09/30/2002 | Last Updated 11/13/2009

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KATE SHELLEY MEMORIAL HIGH BRIDGE
BOONE, IOWA 50036 -USA
Location: BOONE, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD BRIDGE
Comments/Directions:
3 miles west of Boone, Iowa on J Ave. Completed in 1901, it is listed as the longest (2,685 ft.), highest (185 ft.) double-track bridge in the world.
 Added 07/30/2006

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BIG MUDDY'S BAR & GRILL
710 NORTH FRONT STREET,
BURLINGTON, IOWA -USA
Location: BURLINGTON, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD RELATED CAFE/RESTAURANT
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
  • RAILROAD SHOPS/FACILITIES
Web Site BIG MUDDY'S BAR & GRILL HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Big Muddy's is housed in the old CRI&P freight house in Burlington.
 Added 04/23/2016

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BURLINGTON CITY PARK / AMTRAK STATION
BURLINGTON, IOWA -USA
Location: MAIN ST. & DIVISION
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILROAD WATER TOWER
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
Next to the Burlington Amtrak station, CB&Q 4-6-4 #3003 is on display along with a water tower..
 Added 09/30/2002 | Last Updated 04/23/2016

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CEDAR FALLS ILLINOIS CENTRAL DEPOT
5TH & MAIN ST
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -
Location: CEDAR FALLS, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Web Site CEDAR FALLS ROCK ISLAND DEPOT HOMEPAGE
Comments/Directions:
The former Rock Island depot has been restored nicely.
 Added 10/07/2003 | Last Updated 12/21/2009

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CHERITON CB&Q FREIGHT HOUSE
CHERITON, IOWA -USA
Location: Auburn & 11th st
Description:
  • RAILROAD SHOPS/FACILITIES
Comments/Directions:
The former CB&Q freight house in Cheriton is now a local community center.
 Added 05/12/2016

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CHERITON ROCK ISLAND DEPOT
CHERITON, IOWA -USA
Location: Court Ave & 6th
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
The Rock Island depot in Cheriton is used by UP crews now.
 Added 05/12/2016

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MILWAUKEE ROAD CABOOSE DISPLAY
CHURDAN, IOWA -USA
Location: CHURDAN, IA
Description:
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
Milwaukee Road, 4-Window Steel Rivited Caboose, (appears to be ex Rock Island Caboose), on Display at Churdan Iowa.
 Added 09/12/2008

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CLARION RAILROAD DEPOT
302. S. MAIN
CLARION, IOWA -USA
Location: Clarion, Iowa
Phone: 515-532-2256
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
Restored depot houses and memorbilia.
 Added 09/30/2002
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IOWA TROLLEY PARK
3500 EAST MAIN AVE.
CLEAR LAKE, IOWA 50054 -USA
Location: Clear Lake, Iowa
Phone: 515-357-7433
Description:
  • TROLLEY EXCURSIONS STANDARD GAUGE
Comments/Directions:
Operating trolley museum.
 Added 09/30/2002
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CLINTON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
CLINTON, IOWA -USA
Location: CLINTON, IA
Description:
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
Clinton County Historical Museum in Clinton Iowa, has many rairoad and period artifacts on display and a restored Davenport diesel switcher and ex CGW/CNW caboose on display.
 Added 09/11/2008 | Last Updated 10/07/2013

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CLINTON DEPOT
CLINTON, IOWA -USA
Location: Clinton, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
The Clinton depot stands alone and in need of repairs.
 Added 08/27/2004

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CLIVE DEPOT
CLIVE, IOWA -USA
Location: CLIVE, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site CLIVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Comments/Directions:
Restored depot is center of the society's pride along with a caboose on display.
 Added 07/07/2005

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TRAINLAND USA
3135 N. HWY 117
COLFAX, IOWA 50054 -USA
Location: Colfax, Iowa
Phone: 515-674-3813
Description:
  • MODEL RAILROAD
Comments/Directions:
Very large Lionel model railroad.
 Added 09/30/2002 | Last Updated 03/23/2003
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GOLDEN SPIKE MONUMENT
SOUTH 21ST STREET & 9TH AVE
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA -USA
Location: COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA
Description:
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
Comments/Directions:
A 56 foot concrete "golden spike" erected in 1939 to mark the eastern terminus of the Uniom Pacific Railroad.
 Added 10/15/2007

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RAILSWEST RAILROAD MUSEUM
1512 SOUTH MAIN ST.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA 51503 -USA
Location: 16TH AVENUE & SOUTH MAIN STREET, COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - 1 MILE NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80, EXIT 3.
Phone: 712-323-5182
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • MODEL RAILROAD
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
Web Site RAILSWEST RAILROAD MUSEUM HOMEPAGE
Related Webs: GREATER OMAHA SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS
Comments/Directions:
Restored 1899 Rock Island Depot. Waiting Rooms restored to 1950. Historic items include railroad passes from 1870, timetables from the late 1800's, and restored ticket office with original wall clock and original working telegraph key. Freight house and Baggage room contain HO model operating railroad loosely depicting Council Bluffs - Omaha area. Rail cars are restored RI 17130, a 1969 bay window caboose and UP 5908, restored 1963 Budd built RPO, and a UP box car. UP 814, a 1937 ALCo; CB&Q 915, a 1902 product of the CB&Q's Havelock Shops, CB&Q 13855, a wood-sided caboose and CB&Q Club Car "Omaha Club" were moved from Dodge Park in Council Bluffs, IA to the RailsWest Museum in October of 1999.
 Added 09/30/2002 | Last Updated 06/17/2012

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UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM
200 PEARL STREET
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA 51503 -USA
Location: EXIT 3 ON I-80, GO 2 MILES NORTH ON SR 192. PEARL IS 1 BLOCK EAST.
Phone: 712-329-8307
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
Comments/Directions:
Union Pacific Museum in historic library provides an extensive corporate collection provided by UP and now occupies Council Bluffs’ former Carnegie Library, which the city vacated. Opened in 2003, it is operated by museum volunteers and provides an enjoyable educational experience of early and modern railroading. Informative displays, photos, and railroad equipment fills two floors with the gift shop/entrance in the sub-basement level. Admission is a free-will donation – and that’s well deserved. In one hall, a large, interactive display tells of building the line to Promontory Point, Utah - both from Omaha, NE and from Sacramento, CA, creating the first transcontinental route. Educational displays include the politics of the event, Abraham Lincoln’s involvement, displays of his passenger car, development of the towns along the route, working on the railroad, etc. Interactive displays include a simulated run in the Engineer’s seat while a movie of the track scenery rushes past the cab windows as if the Locomotive barrels down the track. A walk through one hall tells about railroad work, building track, the yard, dispatching trains, etc.
 Added 05/14/2003 | Last Updated 07/19/2011

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CB&Q #13513 CABOOSE DISPLAY
CRESTON, IOWA -USA
Location: CRESTON, IA
Description:
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
CB&Q #13513 4-Window Steel rivited Caboose on display at Creston Iowa. 1-Block west of the Creston Depot on the north side of the BNSF tracks in the center of town.
 Added 09/11/2008

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CRESTON RESTORED DEPOT
116 W. ADAMS
CRESTON, IOWA -USA
Location: CRESTON, IOWA
Phone: 515-782-7021
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • MODEL RAILROAD
Comments/Directions:
The Creston depot has many railroad artifacts on display, there id a model railroad and memorabilia. The building is a beautiful, restored depot that reminds one of the glory days of the railroads.
 Added 09/30/2002 | Last Updated 05/12/2016

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DELMAR DEPOT MUSEUM
P.O. BOX 298
101 RAILROAD ST.
DELMAR, IOWA 52037 -
Location: DELMAR, IOWA
Phone: 563-574-4256
2nd Phone: 563-574-4227
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site DELMAR DEPOT MUSEUM INFO FROM CITY OF DELMAR
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Come by and see the Caboose we call "Elizabeth" that we have displayed at the depot. The Depot was restored in 1995 and now Houses the Iowa Orphan Train Research Center. One room dedicated to that part of American History known as "America's Best Kept Secret" or The Orphan Train Movement.
 Added 09/30/2002 | Last Updated 12/21/2009

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DOW CITY MUSEUM
PRINCE AND PARK STREETS
DOW CITY, IOWA 51528 -USA
Location: DOW CITY, IA
Phone: 712-674-3350
Description:
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
The city parks museum contains a Rock Island caboose, a country schoolhouse and the Town's original jail. Rock Island #17791 is an outside braced wood sided caboose on display.
 Added 01/27/2012

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DOWS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER
1896 RAILROAD ST.
DOWS, IOWA 50071-0287 -
Location: DOWS
Phone: 515-852-3533
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Web Site DOWS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Comments/Directions:
1896 railroad station displays period railroad items and local history items. Free information on Iowa tourism attractions, restrooms, telephone, craft and gift shop. National Register of Historic Places. 9-5 Monday-Saturday, noon-5 Sunday; open all year except Christmas, New Years & Easter.
 Added 10/01/2002 | Last Updated 12/24/2005

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RED BARN MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM
RT. W. 69
DUNDEE, IOWA 50071-0287 -USA
Location: Route W 69, one mile north of Dundee
Phone: 319-924-2482
Description:
  • MODEL RAILROAD
Comments/Directions:
Operating and fixed displays of Lionel, American Flyer and Marx toy trains and trolleys, dating from early 1900s. HO railroad featuring steam and diesel locomotives from famous American railroads. Full-size railroad items on display.
 Added 10/01/2002
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ELDON ROCK ISLAND DEPOT
ELDON, IOWA -
Location: ELDON, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site ELDON DEPOT MUSEUM
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
A group of former Rock Island employees and their widows have purchased the former depot in Eldon and restored it. There is a Rock Island locomotive, flat car, and caboose at the depot too. The home depicted in "American Gothic" is in Eldon also.
 Added 10/11/2003 | Last Updated 05/12/2016

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RAILROAD INN
508 RAILROAD
ESSEX, IOWA 51638 -
Location: ESSEX, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD B&B/INN/HOTEL
Web Site RAILROAD INN HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
B&B with easy access to nearby 66 mile Wabash Nature Trail (abandoned rails to trails project). This 100 Year old hotel is across the tracks from location of Essex Depot. At one time, this port shipped out more grain than anyother place in Iowa. Now there is minimal,slow traffic; only during the day! The Hotel has been beautifully restored in Arts & Crafts decor. Stories from the past 100 years ooze from the tin ceilings, original wood floors, as well as Innkeepers Connie Freeman and Mark Woldruff. The Hotel also has a restaurant and full-service lounge. One hour from Railswest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, IA. Other Museums nearby featuring Birthplace of Big Band Leader Glenn Miller and Birthplace Schoolhouse of 4-H Movement. See our website for links.
 Added 01/13/2003 | Last Updated 04/21/2005
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ANDERSON STEEL FLANGE RAILROAD EQUIPMENT COMPANY
P.O. BOX 2019
FAIRFIELD, IOWA 52556 -
Location: FAIRFIELD, IOWA OFF US 34.
Phone: 515-472-2020
2nd Phone: 515-472-6510
Description:
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site
Comments/Directions:
Railroad related site.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 11/05/2003
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NORTH LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
814 10TH STREET
FORT MADISON, IOWA 52627 -USA
Location: FORT MADISON, IOWA
Phone: 319-372-7661
Description:
  • RAILROAD RELATED SITE
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD BRIDGE
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD ORIENTED TOURS
Web Site NORTH LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOMEPAGE
Comments/Directions:
Arrowhead displays, Civil War display, Silsby Steam Pumper and hose cart, ice-gathering display with audio presentation, railroad and farm displays, prison cell. Gift shop. National Historic Register site.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 08/30/2009
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RIVERVIEW PARK
FORT MADISON, IOWA -USA
Location: Fort Madison, Iowa
Description:
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
ATS&F 4-8-4 #2913 is on display.
 Added 10/02/2002
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GRINNELL PASSENGER STATION
PARK AND STATE STREETS
GRINNELL, IOWA 50112 -USA
Location: GRINNELL, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD RELATED CAFE/RESTAURANT
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD RELATED SITE
Comments/Directions:
ex Rock Island Passenger Station, restored and now functions as a resturant. The depot sits at the crossing of the ex Rock Island, (now the Iowa Interstate railroad), and the ex "Louie" (M & St. L), now the Union Pacific railroad.
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IOWA FALLS RAILROAD TOWER
IOWA FALLS, IOWA -
Location: IOWA FALLS, IA
Phone: 641-648-2765
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD TOWER
  • RAILROAD SHOPS/FACILITIES
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site IOWA FALLS RAILROAD TOWER INFO FROM IOWA FALLS HOMEPAGE
Comments/Directions:
Restored tower, coal shack, tool shed, and a ICG caboose on display.
 Added 10/01/2004 | Last Updated 04/22/2006

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BURLINGTON PARK, BN CABOOSE 12243
FRONT AND LOCUST STREETS
LUCAS, IOWA 50151 -USA
Location: LUCAS, IA
Description:
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
Lucas Iowa is a small town along the ex CB&Q now the BNSF east-west mainline through Iowa. The Chicgo Burlington & Missouri built a passenger station here in 1866. BN 12243 Wide-Vision Caboose is on display in "Burlington Park" on Front Street along side the BNSF tracks.
 Added 01/28/2012 | Last Updated 01/29/2012

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PIONEER HERITAGE MUSEUM
675 E. SOUTH ST.
MARENGO, IOWA -USA
Location: Marengo, Iowa
Phone: 319-642-7018
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
1861 log house and bachelor's cabin, 1861 railroad depot, 1930 filling station, historical resource library. Displays include section of reconstructed farm house, one room school, general store, doctor's office.
 Added 10/02/2002
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EAST PARK
MASON CITY, IOWA -USA
Location: MASON CITY, IOWA
Description:
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
Web Site FRIENDS OF THE 457
Comments/Directions:
Minneapolis & St. Louis 2-8-0 #457 is on display. Recently restored and plans to build a depot style roof to protect it from the elements.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 02/04/2007

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UP 25734 CABOOSE ON DISPLAY AT MISSOURI VALLEY IOWA.
MISSOURI VALLEY, IOWA -USA
Location: MISSOURI VALLEY, IA
Description:
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
UP 25734 Caboose on Display at Missouri Valley Iowa.
 Added 11/13/2006

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WATSON STEAM TRAIN
MISSOURI VALLEY, IOWA -USA
Location: MISSOURI VALLEY, IA
Description:
  • MINIATURE STEAM 15 IN.
  • MINIATURE DIESEL 15 IN.
Related Webs: INFO FROM MISSOURI VALLEY IOWA WEBSITE
Comments/Directions:
Restored Ottoway steam engine and streamliner run in town park.
 Added 04/30/2010
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KATE SHELLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM
1198 232ND ST.
MOINGONA, IOWA -
Location: MOINGONA, IOWA
Phone: 515-432-1907
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Web Site KATE SHELLEY RAILROAD MUSUEM HOMEPAGE
Related Webs: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Restored depot where visitors learn about the dramatic story of 15 year old Kate Shelley's warning of upcoming danger to a passenger train. Working telegraph, railroad memorabilia, artifacts relating to life of Kate Shelley. Depot houses a theater for a tape/slide show of the story. The museum is open by appointment to arrange call 515-432-1907. There is also an easy 3/4 mile walk to the old railroad right of way to the site where Kate Shelley crossed the bridge over the Des Moines river. Also, books for sale about the Kate Shelley story.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 11/02/2010

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CAMP COURAGEOUS
12007 190TH STREET
MONTICELLO, IOWA -USA
Location: FIVE MILES SOUTHEAST OF MONTICELLO, IOWA OFF HIGHWAYS 38 OR 151
Phone: 319-465-5916
Description:
  • MINIATURE DIESEL 16 IN.
Web Site CAMP COURAGEOUS HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Miniature CNW themed train is being built on the camp's grounds.
 Added 11/07/2007 | Last Updated 04/23/2013

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VARNER'S CABOOSE (PRIVATE)
204 EAST SECOND STREET
MONTPELIER, IOWA 52759 -USA
Location: MONTPELIER, IA
Phone: 563-381-3652
Description:
  • RAILROAD B&B/INN/HOTEL
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
A former Rock Island wide vision caboose (17028) converted into a self-contained guest house and available as a bed and breakfast. Open all year I think? The caboose sits in the back yard of the Varner's beautifully restored depot which is their private residence. The property sits right across the road from the Mississippi river and what I believe is the old Soo line, now operated by the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern RR. A very tasty breakfast is prepared and stored in the refrigerator to be reheated so guests can eat at their leisure and in privacy in the caboose the next morning. The best part... leave the dirty dishes in the sink! The caboose has an ample closet, queen bed, twin beds in the cupola (with safety rails for children), shower and bathroom, microwave, cooktop, small refrigerator, sink, television/vcr with train videos.
 Added 07/26/2006 | Last Updated 11/05/2014

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MORAVIA DEPOT MUSEUM
MORAVIA, IOWA -
Location: MORAVIA, IOWA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
Speeder and mining tram cars are on display. Iowa Southern Interurban Depot across the street.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 03/30/2005
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GRUNDY COUNTY MUSEUM
1100 MABEL ST.
MORRISON, IOWA -USA
Location: Morrison, Iowa
Phone: 319-345-2688
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
1912 schoolhouse with historical, natural history and railroad displays, restored and furnished log cabin. 1-4 Sunday, Apr.-Oct.; 8-4:30 Tue., Thur., year round. C&NW caboose #10343 is displayed here.
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MIDWEST CENTRAL RAILROAD
BOX 102
MT. PLEASANT, IOWA 52641 -
Location: MT. PLEASANT, IOWA
Phone: 319-385-2912
Description:
  • STEAM EXCURSIONS NARROW GAUGE (36 IN.)
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Web Site MIDWEST CENTRAL RAILROAD HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Steam train operates at the Old Threshers Reunion Grounds, during the reunion in late August/early September. Also operate during Ghost Train and North Pole Express, call for schedule or check our web site.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 12/30/2007
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MIDWEST ELECTRIC RAILWAY
1887 THRESHERS RD.
MT. PLEASANT, IOWA 52641 -
Location: MT. PLEASANT, IOWA
Phone: 319-385-8937
Description:
  • TROLLEY EXCURSIONS STANDARD GAUGE
Web Site MIDWEST ELECTRIC RAILWAY HOMEPAGE
Comments/Directions:
Operating trolley museum.
 Added 10/02/2002 | Last Updated 03/30/2005
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HUB CITY HERITAGE RAILWAY MUSEUM
24 2ND AVE. SW
NEXT TO CITY HALL
OELWEIN, IOWA 50662 -
Location: NEXT TO CITY HALL
Phone: 319-283-3181
2nd Phone: 319-283-1939
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD TOWER
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
  • MODEL RAILROAD
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
  • HAND CAR RIDES
Web Site HUB CITY HERITAGE RAILWAY MUSEUM HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
The Home Of the Chicago Great Western Railroad. CNW 10536 & RI 17958 cabooses, only remaining CGW yard tower standing, locomotives, railroad memorabilia, working exhibits and gift shop. Hours: 1-4 every Sunday Memorial Day-Labor Day, Heritage Days 9 am to 5 pm (3rd weekend in August) and by appointment.
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KIWANIS RAILROAD DEPOT MUSEUM
ONAWA, IOWA -USA
Location: 12TH STREET ON KIWANIS AVENUE.
Phone: 712.433.1259
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • HISTORICAL LANDMARK
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
C&NW Depot Museum with C&NW 12569 Wide-Vision Caboose and numerous old buildings on display at Onawa Iowa.
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LYON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUESUM COMPLEX
211 MORTH STORY ST.
ONAWA, IOWA -USA
Location: Onawa, Iowa.
Phone: 712-472-3101
2nd Phone: 712-475-2581
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
Renovated depot with museum displays. Livery Stable with agriculture and manufacturing items. CNW caboose #12569 displays railroad memorabilia. Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day only on Sunday afternoons and Holiday P.M. Tours by appointment.
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OTTUMWA DEPOT MUSEUM
OTTUMWA, IOWA -
Location: OTTUMWA, IOWA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
CB&Q 4-6-4 #3001 is on display outside depot which has had over 100 years of continuous passenger service.
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RIVERFRONT PARK
PARKERSBURG, IOWA -USA
Location: Parkersburg, Iowa
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
Restored 1935 depot and 1947 caboose, railroad pictures and items. Located in picnic park along Beaver Creek. Hours: 1-4 Sunday and by appointment.
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RED OAK CB&Q RESTORED DEPOT
305 SOUTH 2ND STREET
RED OAK , IOWA 51566 -USA
Location: RED OAK , IA
Phone: 712.623.6340
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILROAD DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD ORIENTED TOURS
  • RAILROAD RELATED CAFE/RESTAURANT
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD RELATED SITE
Web Site THE RESTORED BURLINGTON NORTHERN DEPOT & WWII MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Related Webs: ADDITIONAL INFO
Comments/Directions:
In 1903 when the CB&Q (Chicago, Burlington & Quincy) Railroad Depot was completed, it was a model of modern convenience linking Red Oak Iowa to more urban communities in worlds totally different from life here on the prairie. Rural communities were virtually inaccessible by any method of transportation until lifelines of railroads joined them to more metropolitan societies. Re-dedicated 20 DEC 2003, on the 100th anniversary of the first dedication, The Restored Burlington Northern Depot now houses a WWII Memorial Museum, dedicated to all those who served in the Second World War, whether on the front lines (1,100 active duty service participants were from Montgomery County Iowa) or the home front. During WWII, the citizens of Montgomery County Iowa lost more men per capita than any other county in the United States. Active service participants were assigned to Company F (Villisca – organized JUN 1861) and Company M (Red Oak – organized MAY 1879). During WWII, both units were part of the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th (“Red Bull”) Infantry Division.
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BN CABOOSE #10787 AND DEPOT DISPLAY
SHELBY, IOWA -USA
Location: SHELBY, IA
Description:
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
BN Caboose #10787, old Depot and railroad crossing signals on display in the city park. Not sure of the heritage of the Depot, and no railroad tracks go through Shelby Iowa today.
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K.D. STATION
2001 LEECH AVE.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -
Location: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Phone: 712-277-8787
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
Comments/Directions:
National historic site built in 1918 and operated by Swift & Co. as one of the largest packing plants in the area, with over 350,000'FT. Now a family fun center with bowling, miniature golf, restaurant and railroad museum. 9am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday. 9am to 1am Friday and Saturday. Special holiday Hours.
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PACIFIC SHORTLINE RR BRIDGE MONUMENT
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -USA
Location: Chris Larsen Park, SIOUX CITY, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD RELATED SITE
Comments/Directions:
A monument commemorates the Pacific Short Line RR bridge (1896) across the Missouri River at Sioux City after demolition in 1981 with a placard stating: “The stone of this monument came from the piers of the previous bridge erected at this spot. The Pacific Short Line had been a speculative railroad venture by Sioux City businessmen who sought new markets to the west. The railroad company failed in 1893....” Construction began in 1890, but it actually never was used by the PSLRR. Locally it was known as the “Combination Bridge” because it carried trains and streetcars down the center and horse-drawn carts and pedestrians on the outside. It consisted of two 470' rim-bearing, through Pratt swing spans and two 500' Pennsylvania through trusses; and was remodeled several times, rails removed in 1937 and ultimately carrying only autos and pedestrians. The bridge provided needed competition for the 1888 Chicago and North Western Railroad’s “Union Bridge” also demolished in 1981 and replaced by the Burlington Northern bridge.
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SHRA RAILROAD MUSEUM
3400 SIOUX RIVER RD. (HWY 12)
PO BOX 1355
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -USA
Location: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Phone: 712-233-6996
Description:
  • RAILROAD MUSEUM
  • LOCOMOTIVE(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY
  • RAILROAD RELATED MUSEUM
  • RAILROAD SHOPS/FACILITIES
  • TOY TRAIN COLLECTION/DISPLAY
Web Site SHRA RAILROAD MUSEUM HOMEPAGE
Email Address
Comments/Directions:
Museum traces the history of the area's railroad industry. Photos, artifacts, large HO-scale model. Tours of railroad caboose and 1909 locomotive. Gift shop with railroad merchandise. Be sure to check out the web site for dozens of excellent photos plus complete descriptions of the facility, buildings and exhibits. GN #1355 steam locomotive, known as Chief Ironhorse, is housed in the 6 stall roundhouse.
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SIOUX CITY BN MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -USA
Location: From Dakota Ave in South Soo, go 1 mi. east, go rt. on Riverside Dr. 0.6 mile to parking lot near East 17th St.
Description:
  • RAILROAD BRIDGE
Comments/Directions:
The 1,500 foot long railroad bridge between Sioux City and "South Soo" was built in 1982 by Burlington Northern, replacing the 1888 bridge built by the Omaha Road (CSPM&O rr) at the same location. Some may have called the bridge the "Union Bridge" since it was used by several lines early on. Established in 1880, the Omaha Road was controlled by 1882 by the Great Northern Railroad, which through mergers became Burlington Northern by 1970; and BN merged in 1996 to BNSF.
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SIOUX CITY DIESEL SHOPS
1509 STUEBEN ST.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51105 -USA
Location: SIOUX CITY, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD SHOPS/FACILITIES
Comments/Directions:
Illinois Central diesel shops, now operated by Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad (a CN shortline), in Sioux City.
 Added 02/05/2009 | Last Updated 02/11/2009

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SIOUX CITY, IA DEPOT
117 PIERCE ST.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51101 -USA
Location: SIOUX CITY, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
Comments/Directions:
Former CMSt.P&P depot - adjacent to the Sioux City Auditorium - is now occupied by private offices. Adjacent trackage is BNSF (http://rrshs.org/Iowa/iowa.htm).
 Added 06/18/2008 | Last Updated 01/24/2009

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C&NW 11162 CABOOSE AND DEPOT DISPLAY IN WOODBINE IOWA.
WOODBINE, IOWA -USA
Location: WOODBINE, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD DEPOT
  • RAILCAR(S) ON DISPLAY
Comments/Directions:
C&NW 11162 Caboose and Depot on Display at Woodbine Iowa.
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