The Restored Burlington Northern
& WWII Memorial Museum
Railroads in Montgomery County, Iowa, and the region
Past and Present
Celebration of the
Sesquicentennial of the railroad in Red Oak:
The railroad in Montgomery County, Iowa, from 1869 thru 1905 (2 pp .pdf)
Burlington Route: A History of the Burlington Lines by Richard C. Overton, 1965, 746 pp.
Available at https://archive.org/details/burlingtonrouteh00over/page/n1
"Completion of the B. & M. [Burlington & Missouri River RR] across Iowa brought a
tremendous change in the territory it served. Population along the line zoomed upward,
and during the calendar year 1870 the B. & M. reported a gross of well over two million
dollars, about three and one half times the amount earned in 1867.
Of equal significance, direct connections were established at Plattsmouth with the
Burlington's extension already underway in Nebraska. Quietly and persistently the
system was laying the foundation for its latter-day trademark: 'Everywhere West'." (p 96).
The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad: http://depothill.net/depot05.html/
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
How BNSF and the railroad industry utilized innovation to reduce costs for shippers,
improve energy efficiency, and increase freight volume, all safely. 15 minute video
Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad website – all about people, places, and rolling stock,
related to the BNSF and predecessors. Includes a Red Oak Yard Map. http://www.fobnr.org/
Budd-Built streamlined stainless steel Twin Zephyrs
Some predecessors of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway –
Northern Pacific Railway (1864 - 1970)
The Advent and Development of Railroads in Iowa: 1855-1940 (168 pp, .pdf)
Bureau of Historic Preservation, National Park Service; nps64500143
Prepared by Dr Rebecca Conard & Tracy Ann Cunning
http://denverrails.com - a searchable listing of railroad attractions across the U.S.,
including 60 in Iowa.
1881 Railroad Map of Iowa
Iowa Railway Guide – excerpt: “If you plan to ride the coach or immigrant car, do not wear your
best clothes. You will find after a few hours on the train, that your clothes are rumpled and dusty."
Rock Island Train Depot Museum in Eldon, Iowa. Extensive interior exhibits, and outside
displays include a refurbished caboose and an Electro-Motive Diesel GP-7 locomotive.
At the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa, the James H Andrew Railroad
Museum & History Center features memorabilia from all eras of railroading in Iowa.
and extensive research library.
Midwest Central Railroad in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, brings the excitement of rail travel 100 years ago to
life behind authentic steam powered trains. Experience live action of train engines and rolling stock
as well as educational
tours of the operation. Click on http://www.mcrr.org/
http://www.cherokeedepot.org/ Restored Illinois Central 1896 Depot in Cherokee, Iowa
RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa:
1899 Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot, including Historic Railcars
and working HO Scale
Railroad. Also, railroad artifacts, exhibits, and gift
The 32 acre Milwaukee Railroad Shops National Registry of Historic Preservation District in Sioux City, Iowa:
https://www.siouxcityrailroadmuseum.org with roundhouse, restored steam locomotive, boxcars, cabooses,
artifacts, documents. The complex was built in 1917 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway.
Railroad museums and attractions throughout Iowa:
Above: undated photo of the Depot, constructed 1903, in Red Oak, Iowa
Visit the Merci Boxcar in Cedar Rapids - a gift from grateful French Citizens, after WWII.
Railroad Station Historical Society - to encourage the preservation and growth of historical knowledge of
railroad stations/depots and other railroad/railway structures worldwide: http://rrshs.org/
http://www.railfan.net – extensive website of railroad related museums & societies, photos, videos,
model railroads, magazines, railines (North America & worldwide), locomotives & equipment, forums, etc.
http://railarchive.com – numerous locomotive (steam, electric, diesel) photos, and manuals about
locomotive operation. Also, documents from railroad events, Fairs, and publicity booklets.
National Railway Historical Society: http://www.nrhs.com - projects to support rail preservation,
restoration, education, and operation. Includes local chapters and publications.
American Steam Locomotives video
https://www.railserve.com -- 180 categories of hyperlinks to thousands of railroad related sites,
e.g., travel, hobby, industry, history, images, railcams, streaming RR radio communications,
garden RR, model RR, online and download train games, employment, statistics, memorabilia.
https://railroaddata.com – 50 main categories, 100 subcategories, 4,600+ hyperlinks –
e.g. depots, photos, forums, RR societies, locomotives, RR history, webcams, steam, magazines.
trainconductorhq.com -- being a train conductor or engineer, plus interesting blog posts.
trainweb.net -- travel by train, railcams, railroad photos, model railroading, depots,
circus trains, Mexican railroads, RR museums, abandoned railroads, derailments,
high-speed rail, locomotives, light rail, European RR, narrow gauge, & much more.
Union Pacific Railroad Museum -- Council Bluffs, Iowa Free admission
Friends of the 457 – A beautifully restored ALCO 2-8-0 steam engine locomotive,
built in 1912 for the Minneapolis & St Louis RR. Free, open air viewing daily,
6 am to 11 pm, and tours during events (see website). Located in the 58 acre
East Park, Mason City, Iowa, containing two rivers and recreational facilities.
American Locomotive Company (ALCO) – Manufactured steam engine locomotives from
1901, and later diesel-electrics. During WWII, 3,000 tanks and 4,400 howitzer motor carriages.
themetrains.com -- American Orient Express, Freedom Train, Auto-Train, The Rexall
Train, Royal Train, Greenbriar Presidential Express, Chessie Steam Special, & more.
The unsolved bombing of the Denver Zephyr, in Southwest Iowa, during World War II.
"There were, no doubt, those who simply believed they were spared by an act of
providence... The search for the Zephyr bomber was about to begin." The case file of
the FBI alone comprised 6,754 pages. Read a 14 page (.pdf) article on the bombing.
Great Scenic Railway Journeys – videos of scenic railway journeys in US and Canada.
Traveling by Train
usa-by-rail.com -- discovering North America by rail.
VIA Rail Canada
Railroads beyond Iowa and the Midwest
Urban Railroads - The New York Transit Museum has extensive on-line texts and images about
the nation’s largest urban system. Includes fascinating images of urban railroad highlines.
Model Railroading & regional Train Clubs
House of Trains Shop - Benson neighborhood, Omaha, NE
JJCL Model Train Shop - Hastings, IA
Nebraska-Iowa Railroaders Club - Oak View Mall, Omaha, NE
Train Time Models Shop - La Vista, NE
Western Heritage Division, National Model Railroad Association -
East Central Nebraska and Western Iowa
Chippewa Northwestern Railway Society - Seward, NE
Omaha N-Trak, National Model Railroad Association - Club
RiverCity Railroaders - Club
Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa
Beatrice Area Railroad Enthusiasts Club - Beatrice, NE
Spring Creek Model Trains - Model Railroad Hobby Store
HobbyTown Shop - La Vista, NE
Nishna Valley Model Railroad Club - Harlan, IA
Plans for the N Gauge The Red Oak Layout model
railroad, from Model Railroader (33 pp .pdf)
Some train songs
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Henri Mancini
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Judy Garland, 1946
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Johnny Mercer, The Pied Pipers, Jo Stafford, Paul Weston & Orchestra, 1945
If you miss the train I’m on Peter, Paul and Mary, 1962
If you miss the train I’m on Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Stark Sands
If you miss the train I’m on Joan Baez
If you miss the train I’m on The Brothers Four
If you miss the train I’m on The Hooters
If you miss the train I’m on synthesizer by Binayak Potla
If you miss the train I'm on "Song for Memories"
Freight Train Joan Baez
Midnight Special Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie
Ballad of John Henry Harry Belafonte
Mystery Train Junior Parker
This Train is Bound for Glory The Brothers Four, 1962
This Train is Bound for Glory Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1964
This Train is Bound for Glory The Seekers, 1964
This Train is Bound for Glory The Wailers, 1967
This Train is Bound for Glory Johnny Cash
This Train is Bound for Glory The Old Crow Medicine Show
This Train is Bound for Glory Terry McMillan
Ballad of Casey Jones Pete Seeger
Dixie Flyer Big Tom
The Trolley Song from Meet Me in St Louis Judy Garland, 1944
Downbound Train Bruce Springsteen
Paddy on the Railway Wolfe Tones
The Wreck of the Old 97 Boxcar Willie
The Wabash Cannonball Roy Acuff
Take the A Train Dave Brubeck, 1966
Take the A Train Sarah Vaughan, 1967
Take the A Train Harry James, Buddy Rich
Take the A Train BBC Big Band Orchestra
Take the A Train Wynton Marsalis
Take the A Train Steve Gadd, Michel Petrucciani, Anthony Jackson, 1998
Long Train Running The Dobbie Brothers
Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees, 1966
Bringing in the Georgia Mail Sam Bush, 2006
Chattanooga Choo Choo The BBC Big Band Orchestra
Chattanooga Choo Choo The Rudi Bohn Orchestra, 1976
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hayley Westenra & Heather Small, 2005
Chattanooga Choo Choo Teddy Stauffer’s Teddies & Phyllis Heymans
" Celebrating Railroad Heritage & Honoring World War II Veterans "