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Railroad Links Directory: Top : Tourist Railroads and Museums USA : Midwest USA : Iowa

Tourist Railroads and Museums USA : Midwest USA : Iowa

Tourist railroads, museums and other railroad related attractions in the state of Iowa.

There are 9 links in this category

Iowa - Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Boone, IA - Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Bring the family & friends, pack a picnic lunch, come early and ride the trolley and then "Catch the Train!" Operating 7 days a week rain or shine Memorial Day weekend through October 31. Electric trolley and Chinese steam engine operate on weekends and holidays. Beautiful, exciting 15 mile round trip (Wolf Train 22 mile) over two great bridges and through the Des Moines river valley.
Info: URL: http://www.scenic-valleyrr.com (Added: 13-Jun-2000)
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Iowa - Clive Historical Society, Clive, Iowa
Clive, IA - Restoration of 1882 Depot, 1911 General Store and a Caboose. Built in 1882 it was the cornerstone for the community of Clive.
Info: URL: http://clivehistoricalsociety.org/ (Added: 18-May-2003)
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Iowa - General Dodge House
Council Bluffs, IA - General Grenville M. Dodge has been called "the greatest railroad builder of all time" because of his role as chief construction engineer of the Union Pacific Railway and his subsequent railroading career, which spanned the globe. Born in the East, he first saw Council Bluffs while making a railroad survey, and was so captivated by the West that he made this city his home in 1853. His participation in the American Civil War was marked with outstanding military success, and

Built in 1869 , Dodge's handsome Victorian home at 605 Third Street cost $35,000, a lavish sum for that day. The fourteen room, three story mansion stands on a high terrace overlooking the Missouri Valley, and displays architectural features such as parquet floors, cherry, walnut, and butternut woodwork, and a number of "modern" conveniences quite unusual for the period. In 1963, a concerted effort of the Council Bluffs Park Board and the Historical Society

Info: URL: http://wp.dodgehouse.org/ (Added: 4-Jan-2004)
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Iowa - Golden Spike Monument
Council Bluffs, IA - Located at South 21st Street and 9th Avenue This 56-foot golden concrete spike was erected in 1939 with the premiere of the film "Union Pacific." It commemorates the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific rail lines at the Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
Info: URL: http://www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/index.aspx?NID=272 (Added: 4-Jan-2004)
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Iowa - Midwest Central Railroad
Mount Pleasant, IA - We are the railroad at the Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant Iowa at the worlds biggest steam show.

The Midwest Central Railroad brings the excitement of rail travel 100 years ago to life behind authentic steam powered trains. Join us in our enjoyable and educationally-rich endeavors for a future full of steam in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Our mission is to preserve and commemorate railway heritage for the educational benefit and enjoyment for current and future generations. We aim to accomplish this through live action of our engines and rolling stock as well as educational displays and tours of our operation. You can become a volunteer and share our enjoyment of history.

Info: URL: http://www.mcrr.org/ (Added: 13-Nov-2000)
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Iowa - Midwest Electric Railway
Mount Pleasant, IA - Midwest Electric Railway has several street cars that operate on the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion grounds. Among these are two open air cars No.1779 and 1718 which were built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1911. They operated in that city until 1965 when they became part of a group of cars that came to the US. The design of these cars is called a Narragansett style after a type developed by the Brill Company of Philadelphia. The interior woodwork is constructed of a Brazilian hardwood called Peroba de Camp. The cars joined the Old Threshers collection in 1970 and 1973.
Info: URL: http://www.oldthreshers.org/ (Added: 27-Nov-2016)
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Iowa - Railswest Railroad Museum
Council Bluffs, IA - The restored 1899 Rock Island Depot in Council Bluffs is known as the RailsWest Railroad Museum and HO Model Railroad. The Depot is on the National Register of Historic Places. With the museum's railcar display and the extensive model railroad this attraction is popular with all ages.
Info: URL: http://www.thehistoricalsociety.org/index.html (Added: 21-May-2001)
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Iowa - The Friends of the 457
Mission City, IA - The Friends of the 457 is a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad steam locomotive in East Park, Mason City Iowa. The M.&St.L engine #457 has been on display since 1959, and is open to the public on weekend afternoons, mid-May through October.

Ring the bell, hear the Nathan 6-chime whistle, and enjoy the era of steam!

Info: URL: http://friendsofthe457.org/ (Added: 14-Mar-2014)
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Iowa - The Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Council Bluffs, IA - The Union Pacific Railroad Museum houses one of the oldest corporate collections in the nation. It includes artifacts, photographs and documents that trace the development of the railroad and the American West. The Collection dates to the mid-1800's, featuring original editions of reports from survey teams that searched for the best land route to join the nation, east to west. Surveying equipment, early rail equipment, and artifacts from the construction of the nation's first transcontinental railroad tell the story of one of the world's construction marvels.

The Union Pacific Collection features promotional materials that helped attract emigrants to the American West, along with a sampling of the precious possessions they brought with them. Visitors to the museum can trace the settlement of the West on an interactive map table that highlights the towns that grew along the railroad's route. The museum also features displays about the heyday of passenger travel and the rail industry's efforts to promote the nation's first national parks.

The story of the American rail industry is a living tale and the museum features exhibits on the past, present and future of America's largest railroad. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum takes visitors on a journey through 140 years of American history, from the 1800's to the 21st century. Innovations and technology in the modern rail business are featured, with displays on modern track laying equipment, the railroad's use of Global Positioning Satellite technology, and the nation's largest privately-owned communication network. Interactive exhibits help explain the role of Union Pacific in the nation's economy and the railroad industry's contribution to modern technology.

Info: URL: http://www.uprrmuseum.org/ (Added: 4-Jan-2004)
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