- The Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum
- Proudly preserving Oelwein, Iowa's railroad
November 1, 2013
To all our museum members;
As another museum year comes to an end it is also a time to reflect, evaluate and report to you, our members.
the cold, wet spring, some very serious health problems of some of our
officers and members, and the lack of available local volunteers, the
museum's season got off to a slow start.
Some of our projects
did not get done. The ceiling in the tower has been replaced,
more of the proposed brick walk (made with brick from the shops that
were torn down) in front of the yard office building has been
installed. Rearranging the two cabooses has opened up about 70
feet of track that we can use as a demonstration track for the handcar.
HO scale model of the shops building and transfer table have been
built. Even though the shops building is gone, visitors can get
an idea of how big it was.
We have had the second printing of
the shops narrative that Union Pacific had commissioned. For
those of you who do not have a copy, it is 32 pages of pictures and
information. It is only available at the museum. We also
had the fourth order of the 2 DVD set of the closing of the shop that
George Whalen made available on the last day of work. One DVD is
riding on an engine approaching Oelwein from all directions. This
is also only available from the museum.
On June 7th around 80
members of the Chicago & NorthWestern Historical Society spent the
day in Oelwein touring the railroad museum and Transco Rail Products.
continue to receive items of historical significance, such as all the
paperwork on the last two trains to leave Oelwein, clearance papers,
conductors wheel report, train orders and data cards. We also now
have a Rock Island caboose stove shovel.
The roof on the Rock
Island caboose is leaking. I could not find a contractor who had
the time to re-roof it. Hopefully, I will have better luck in
Again this year we had a group from Ameri Corp to help us
with sorting and cleaning of brick. They sure can accomplish a
great deal in one weekend.
Our attendance was down on Heritage
Days, the third weekend in August. Other organizations
participating in Heritage Days had the same problem.
outbound track, which is the first track located in back of the museum,
has been replaced with all new rail, ties and roadbed out beyond
Highway 3. Iowa Northern expects to move 25 cars of grain per day
over the new track (railroad business coming back to Oelwein).
In spite of the slow start this year, we had around 1400 visitors from 23 other states, 97 towns in Iowa, and 1 foreign country.
Thank you for your continued support in membership and donations. We hope that it will continue for some time to come.
As the saying goes, "Keep them upright and between the rails."
President, Hub City Heritage RR Museum
Oelwein is building a new police station, so maybe by August, the
trailer housing the police chief's office will be moved off of our
property and we will have more space.
The Chicago Great Western's Oelwein locomotive and car repair shops under
construction in 1898.
From the collection of
We would like to thank the following people for making
Dustin D. Smith, Dana Smith, Ed Raye, William Mundt and Loren
Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum
26 2nd Avenue SW Oelwein, Iowa 319-283-1939 firstname.lastname@example.org
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