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Electric Weekend at the B&SVRR

In the early 1900s, the line over which the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad operates got its start hauling coal out of the Des Moines River Valley. It began as a steam operation, but the line was soon electrified. Electric locomotives and interurban passenger cars ruled the valley until the mid-1950s, when passenger service ended, and diesel locomotives were utilized to pull freight trains. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, freight service on the line began to dwindle until eventually most of the line was slated for abandonment. In 1983, a group of 2,254 members rallied to save 11.5 miles of trackage from Boone to an unincorporated community called Wolf. In the late 1980s, this group restored electric operations over a portion of “The Fort Dodge Line” within the city limits of Boone.

During our Electric Weekend, various pieces of electric equipment will be featured, including the jewel of the fleet, Charles City Western Car 50, which was built in 1915. Other equipment will include: Chicago, South Shore & South Bend Car 106, a set of former Illinois Central electric bi-level cars, and the railroad's most recent acquisition, Iowa Terminal #53.

2018 Day Out With Thomas Tickets on sale
We are pleased to announce that tickets for our 2018 Day Out With Thomas event are ON SALE NOW.

Tickets are $19 per person (ages 2 and up), and feature a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas The Tank Engine, a variety of on-site activities, and access to the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-626-0319, or visit our Day Out With Thomas page.

All aboard!

    Our operating steam locomotive, 8419, is due for a major inspection. Our goal is to get the inspection completed and have 8419 ready to operate for her thirtieth birthday in 2018.  With your help, we can keep 8419 steaming for the next 15 years.

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