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Help Keep us Steaming!
Help Keep us Steaming!

Our operating steam locomotive, 8419, is due for a major inspection starting this fall. Referred to as a 1472 inspection, this inspection occurs every 1472 service days or, as in our case, 15 years. Our goal is to get the inspection completed and have 8419 ready to operate for her 30th birthday in 2018.

For us to make this a reality, we need your help to raise funds for the inspection work. The estimated price tag for this intense project is $125,000.00 If we don’t have the funding raised by October 31, 2017, we will have to delay the start of the project, and thus significantly reduce the possibility that we will be able to operate steam during the 2018 summer season.

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad has long been a unique museum due to the fact that we have all three major types of rail power; diesel, electric, and steam, operating on Saturdays during the summer. By completing the 1472 inspection this winter we can retain our status as one of the premier railroad museums in the country in 2018.

The story of steam locomotive 8419 is as unique as the museum where it operates. In March of 1988, an article in National Geographic told about steam locomotives still being produced in China. A few months later, in May, two board members traveled to China to visit the factory and begin initial negations about purchasing a locomotive. When our locomotive rolled off of the line, the story is that the factory stopped production of steam locomotives, retooled, and began producing diesel electric locomotives. This makes 8419 the last commercially produced steam locomotive built in the world.


The time is now!
Your donation will help “keep us steaming”
at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad for years to come.
Donations of any amount are appreciated, and we have also set a few tiered amounts with special thank you gifts:

$84.19
or more
Donations of $84.19 (8419 - a very important number) or more will receive a coach class ticket good for the 2017 or 2018 operating season, a Great Scenic Railway Journeys DVD about the history of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, and a copper flexible staybolt cap gasket that was used on 8419.

$282.00
or more
Donations of $282.00 (as in 2-8-2, our locomotive’s designation) or more will receive a pair of coach class tickets good for the 2017 or 2018 operating season, a Great Scenic Railway Journeys DVD about the history of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, a copper flexible staybolt cap gasket that was used on 8419, and a Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad “Steam Supporter” T-shirt.

$540.00
or more
Donations of $540.00 (as in 54.0”, the height of 8419’s drivers) or more will receive a pair of Valley View open car tickets good for the 2017 or 2018 operating season, a Great Scenic Railway Journeys DVD about the history of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, a copper flexible staybolt cap gasket that was used on 8419, and a Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad “Steam Supporter” T-shirt.

$1472.00
or more
Donations of $1472.00 (as in 1472, the major inspection we are about to undertake) or more will receive a one-of-a-kind experience! You will get to learn from the crew as they get the steam locomotive fired up on Saturday morning, and then take a short ride in the cab as they get 8419 ready to go. You will also receive tickets for you and three friends to ride in the caboose on the 1:30 train. Donors at this level also receive a Great Scenic Railway Journeys DVD about the history of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, a copper flexible staybolt cap gasket that was used on 8419, and a Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad “Steam Supporter” T-shirt.


Please click the "Donate" button below, then enter the amount of your donation.
Thank you!

You may also mail a donation to us here at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad at PO Box 603, Boone, Iowa, 50036. Be sure to write “8419 inspection” on the memo line so that we direct it
to help keep steam operating.

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (Iowa Railroad Historical Society) is a 501(c)(3) educational museum, all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.




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.










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