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Updated 11/23/15:  Just in time for the holidays, new items have been added to our "Items For Sale" page.  Be sure to check it out!

"Railroads At War" now open at the
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center

Railroads at War is on 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 railroading made to Iowa and the nation in support of various U.S. wartime conflicts.

This exhibit displays informational banners on several topics including railroading and the Civil War and World War I. Other banners explain how U.S. railroads supported the war effort in World War II, including the economy, national unity, troop trains, and the utility of the railroads in wartime. 

More banners include information about women in railroading, Camp Dodge and the electric railway and the North Platte, Nebraska Servicemen's canteen. One banner is devoted to Union Pacific's "Big Boy" steam locomotives and their role in World War II.

In addition to the dozen banners with rare photography, the museum will show archival railroad motion picture footage in the theater.

A combination of artifacts and interactive displays will highlight little-known facts on wartime contributions made by U.S. railroads and the people who worked for them.
See the importance of U.S. railroads in turning the tide of war through the years and how the railroads contributed to Iowa and the nation.

Museum entrance fee is $8 adults(12 and over), $3 children (3-12 yr.), no charge for toddler (under age 3) or free with purchase of select 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:

Depots of Iowa Exhibit

At one time, there were more than 1,000 railroad depots in Iowa, serving a number of railroads. If you have ever wondered about the history of these depots, wonder no more.

Our "Depots of Iowa" exhibit encompasses Iowa railroad depot history, beginning with the inception of railroads and their depots in the state, progressing through the golden years, and culminating with the declining years of railroading. 

Topics include the importance of railroad depots as social centers, communication outlets, and their initial catalysts of community builders in the state. Color banners highlight depot history, with many unseen photos. In addition, several interactive kiosks are available, enabling visitors to view many Iowa depots, with more depots being added over time.

Visit our Exhibits page for more information.

The Railroaders: Honoring their careers

Read the first of our articles highlighting the contributions that railroaders have made to the industry. These folks went above and beyond the call of duty in their work, and made important contributions to railroading in the United States. Now, we are honored to be able to shine a spotlight on Norman "Si" Simons.  Click here to read his story.

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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