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Electric Weekend June 3rd and 4th!
Boone, Iowa – 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.

On Saturday, June 3rd, and Sunday, June 4th the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum will be celebrating its electric heritage with its first ever “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.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-11, and include admission to the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum (where a movie covering the history of Car 50 will be playing), $2 off of a basic coach class ticket aboard our excursion train, and rides aboard Charles City Western Car 50 and Chicago, South Shore & South Bend Car 106. The event runs from 9 AM until 5 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM until 4 PM on Sunday. Trolleys will be making trips downtown every 30 minutes (alternating between Car 50 and Car 106).

For more information, visit the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's website at,
or call 1-800-626-0319.

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a division of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society, a non-profit, operating railroad museum.

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Sales of steam print to help fund the
1472-day inspection of our steam locomotive

Beginning in October, 2017, our steam locomotive will begin to undergo its 1472-day inspection.  This is a major undertaking, costing an estimated $100,000 to perform.  Various fundraising efforts are underway, or are on the drawing board.  One such effort is the sale of these mounted 11" x 14" prints.  The prints are selling for $50, and are available in the gift shop, or by clicking the "Add to Cart" button below.  Again, proceeds go toward the 1472-day inspection of locomotive 8419.

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To place your order, or for more information,
click here, or call 1-800-626-0319, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
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