- The Hub City Heritage Corp. Railway Museum;
Proudly preserving Oelwein, Iowa's railroad
March 19, 2013
Our 2013 brochure is now online. Click here to view it.
October 28, 2012
a process which began on April 1, 2012, the Union Pacific Railroad
demolished the CGW shops building in Oelwein. Left behind, a
large field of crushed limestone and concrete. All that remains
of the shops building, completed in 1899, are some limestone blocks
from the foundation, and four glass blocks that the city and museum
got. The museum received some bricks, as well. Union
Pacific had an excellent 32 page historical narrative of the shops
commissioned, which they gave the museum permission to publish and use
as a fund raiser. The books are on sale for $12, plus $4
shipping. Bricks are $5, plus $10 shipping. Keep in mind that we
still have George Whalen's DVDs available for $20, plus $4 shipping.
On the 1st of May, the water line into the yard office building was replaced.
Thursday, June 22, the National Railroad Historical Society toured the
museum, with even more members visiting on Friday through Sunday.
Talking with them about how other museums operate was interesting
2012 brought the passing of Bernie Saathoff,
the builder of the two hand cars, and Bill Nickerson, our "keep
everything neat and clean" man. They will certainly be missed.
third weekend in August, we had another successful Heritage Days, model
and toy show. One of our visitors suggested that we probably have
a rare M&StL bulkhead flat car. The frame is one piece of
cast iron. There were only 15 made, and as far as we know, only
two remain. We recently received another rare item, a time clock
manufactured in Oelwein by the Kerwin and Nolty Company. The
clock came from the roundhouse. Any information regarding the
clock, or the flat car, would be greatly appreciated!
116A EMD FP7 needs to be repainted. As of this date, we have an
estimate of $50,000. Transco is not interested in doing the job.
We will need to move it to a facility in Wisconsin. Ed
Raye, our Vice President, has told us that the brake line needs to be
repaired, two wheels are bad, and that it could need different
couplers. By using a different color scheme, we may be able to
save some money.
President, Hub City Heritage RR Museum
End of the line for Oelwein's CGW Shops
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
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