The Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum


Railroads in Montgomery County, Iowa, and the region


                                  Past and Present

           The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad:

   The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad:



               Click on these additional Railroad Resources: - a searchable listing of railroad attractions across the U.S., including 60 in Iowa.


1881 Railroad Map of Iowa


Iowa Railway Guide – excerpt:  “If you plan to ride the coach or immigrant car, do not wear your best clothes. 
You will find after a few hours on the train, that your clothes are rumpled and dusty.”


Friends of the Burlington Northern Railroad website – all about people, places, and rolling stock,

related to the BNSF and predecessors.  Includes a Red Oak Yard Map.


Some predecessors of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway –

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy  (1848 - 1970)


St Paul and Pacific Railroad   (1857 – 1879)


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe  (1859 - 1996)

 Colorado Midland Railway  (1883 – 1918)

 Colorado Midland Railway route map


Northern Pacific Railway  (1864 - 1970)


Fort Worth and Denver Railway  (1881-1982)


Great Northern Railway  (1889-1970)




Colorado and Southern Railway  (1898-1908)


At the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone Iowa, the James H Andrew Railroad

Museum & History Center features memorabilia from all eras of railroading in Iowa. 

Extensive research library and theater too.  Click on


Midwest Central Railroad in Mt Pleasant Iowa brings the excitement of rail travel 100 years ago to

life behind authentic steam powered trains.   Experience live action of train engines and rolling stock

as well as educational displays and tours of the operation.   Click on



Railroad museums and attractions throughout Iowa:  


RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs Iowa:

1899 Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot, including Historic Railcars

and working HO Scale Model Railroad.  Also, railroad artifacts, exhibits, and gift shop.



The Milwaukee Railroad Shops in Sioux City Iowa:

The complex was built in 1917 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway Company

(“The Milwaukee Road”).  It was the 2nd largest shop complex in the Milwaukee's system. 


Railroad Station Historical Society - to encourage the preservation and growth of historical knowledge of

railroad stations/depots and other railroad/railway structures worldwide: – extensive website of railroad related museums & societies, photos, videos,

model railroads, magazines, railines (North America & worldwide), locomotives & equipment, forums, etc.

http://railarchive.comnumerous locomotive (steam, electric, diesel) photos, and manuals about

locomotive operation.  Also, documents from railroad events, Fairs, and publicity booklets.


National Railway Historical Society: - projects to support rail preservation,

restoration, education, and operation.   Includes local chapters and publications.



And railroads beyond Iowa and the Midwest:


Urban Railroads - The New York Transit Museum has extensive on-line texts and images about

the nation’s largest urban system.   For fascinating images of urban railroad highlines, click on then click on “Collections Database>>”.

After that, click on KEYWORD SEARCH, and in the search field, type “elevated railroad” (include quotes),

check mark Items with Images Only, then press SEARCH.



Some train songs --

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe  Henri Mancini

Freight Train  Joan Baez

Midnight Special  Creedence Clearwater Revival  

Chattanooga Choo Choo Glenn Miller, 1941

Chattanooga Choo Choo The BBC Big Band Orchestra

Chattanooga Choo Choo  Floyd Cramer, 1962

Chattanooga Choo Choo  Rudi Bohn Orchestra

Chattanooga Choo Choo  recorded in 2005

Chattanooga Choo Choo  Teddy Stauffer

Chattanooga Choo Choo  Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK)

Chattanooga Choo Choo  Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2015


     The Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum