- The Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum
- Proudly preserving Oelwein, Iowa's railroad
To all our museum members;
This year has been a year of change, a year of accomplishment, and a year of disappointment.
On December 12, the museum's treasurer, my wife of 64 years,
died. She was my anchor when things did not go right. And,
when I wanted to walk away from the problem, she kept me going.
Our secretary moved away from Oelwein, so Ed Raye, our Vice President, ended up with double duty.
Steve Kendall took on the job of finding a contractor willing to put a
new roof on the Rock Island caboose, which was an accomplishment.
Because of the leaking roof, the floor needs to be replaced. That
was accomplished in time for Heritage Days. But the inside of the
caboose still needs to be painted. Oh well, next year.
Chris Mundt and Morgan Deerfield, the granddaughter of Bernie Saathoff,
who built the two pump handcars, had one of the cars in the Positively
Oelwein Parade. The museum bought Tom Grace's trailer (designed
to haul a motorcar). It needs some repair and redesign to better
haul the pump car.
On July 25th, Oelwein was a lunch stop for bikers on RAGBRAI
(Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). Yes, a lunch
stop rule was that we be open from 8 in the morning until 4 in the
afternoon. The first people came into the museum at 8:30 AM, and
the last ones left at 3:45 PM.
Chris and one of his coworkers from Transco Railcar Services put a new
coat of paint on the black switch engine. They wanted to put
another coat on, but ran out of time. Oh well, next year.
Speaking of next year, some of the paint crew from Transco are planning
on painting the 116A.
Heritage Days attendance was about normal, although there was a
motorcar club here. They went from Oelwein to Dunkerton.
Well, it was kind of normal. The Harold Green family bought the
museum a non-operable model of a circus train pulled by a CGW steam
engine built by Mr. Green, a CGW signalman. They delivered it in
a U-Haul trailer. It is as long as two of the yard office walls.
I think every year we have someone from a foreign country. This
year it was Czechoslovakia. They took a lot of pictures.
Officers were elected at the October meeting. Ed Raye is
President; Dana Smith, Vice President; Gabrielle Mundt,
Secretary; Bill Mundt, Treasurer; Cherie Parrish is on the Board
of Directors, and in charge of the gift shop; Chris Mundt is on
the Board of Directors.
2015 dues are now being accepted: $25 for a family, $15 for individuals.
Happy holidays to you!
President (until December 31), Hub City Heritage RR Museum
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
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Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum
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