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2018 speaker series at the
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum
continues with Mark & Mike Nelson

Railroad photographers and railfans Mark and Mike Nelson of Oregon, Wisconsin will present a free program called “Through the Decades” on Saturday, March 17th at 2 PM at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum.

The brothers will present slides they took covering many years of operating Midwestern railroads. The Chicago and North Western, Chicago Great Western, Rock Island, and many other railroads will be represented in this special program.

For more information call 1-800-626-0319, or contact Mike Wendel at: mike@bsvrr.com.

Other speakers in the months ahead include:

Don Hofsommer
Saturday, April 21
"The Fort Dodge Line"

Bob Bourne
Saturday, May 19
"Railroads of Story County"

Streamliners Through Iowa
Now Open
at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center

Above: Chicago and NorthWestern Streamliner 4-6-4 Hudson #4009 E-4 had a busy morning arriving in Ames, Iowa and headed westbound towards Boone with Omaha as its destination. Thursday, May 5, 1949.
Don Christenson photo (Lou Marre collection)

Boone, Iowa     Streamliners Through Iowa is an exhibit at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center. This exhibit, partially sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, highlights contributions streamlined trains made to Iowa travel before and following WWII and their important impact on Iowa citizens.

The exhibit displays informational banners with topics ranging from streamliner inception, progression, ultimate zenith, and eventual decline of these magnificent machines.

Thirteen four-color banners include the following titles: A New Way to Travel, What is Streamlining?, The First Streamliner, Streamliners, Steam vs. Diesel, The Streamliner Experience, Streamliners: Their Economic Impact, Streamliners in Iowa: Post WWII, Decline of the Streamliners, The Chicago and North Western Streamliners, Workers on the Train, and Pullman Porters.

In addition to four color banners with rare photography and informational hand outs, the museum will play the DVD American Streamliners in the theater. Also on display will be a combination of  artifacts and interactive displays as well as a hi-res informational program highlighting little-known facts about these special streamlined trains and how they affected Iowans.

James H. Andrew Railroad Museum entrance fee is $8 adults (12 and over), $3 children (3-11 years old), no charge for toddlers (under age 3) or free with purchase of most excursion train tickets.

Boone county residents with a disability who require special assistance and would like to attend this exhibit, please call Boone County Public Transportation at 515-432-5038 between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Rides should be requested at least one day before the date of the trip.

For more information about this event call 1-800-626-0319 or e-mail: mike@bsvrr.com

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Volunteers Wanted
As is the case with our non-profit operating railway museum, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum is a volunteer-driven organization. We are always looking for a few good volunteers.  Our Volunteers page has been updated with a look at the many opportunities to volunteer at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum.

Join Us!
You can help preserve Iowa's railroad history by making your contribution now.  Donations may be sent toIowa Railroad Historical Society Foundation Board, PO Box 603, Boone, Iowa 50036, or pay by credit card by calling 1-800-626-0319, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.  The Iowa Railroad Historical Society is a non-profit 501C3 tax-exempt corporation, and as such, donations may be tax deductible. More information may be found on our Support page.

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