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2018 speaker series continues
on Saturday, February 17th
with railroad historian Stewart Buck
Railroad author, teacher, and historian Stewart Buck will present a free program called Streamliners on the Overland Route - Central Iowa's Mainline to America. His program will be Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 2 pm in the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad.
Buck will cover the history of Streamliners on the legendary Iowa Overland Route focusing on their onset, the economic impact of later competing transportation, and finally their eventual impact upon the public. He will explore the confluence of conditions leading to the development and success of the streamliners on the Overland Route.
"A series of circumstances converged in the 1930s to create a new era of American rail passenger service. The economic impact of the automobile and the Great Depression demanded a fresh start to attract passengers back to the rails. What manifested was the streamliner, an aerodynamically shaped, ultra modern train that galvanized the public’s attention and inspired ridership... Union Pacific’s 1934 futuristic streamlined train spurred a design movement that developed into a fleet of renowned passenger trains on the legendary Overland Route. This central Iowa mainline provided passengers with a transportation system that was the envy of the world," Buck said.
Be sure to see this interesting and informative presentation. If you wish a tour of the museum with a guide cost is $8 adult and $3 children. For more information call 800-626-0319 or visit the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad website at www.bsvrr.com or contact Mike Wendel at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers in the months ahead include:
Mark and Mike Nelson
Saturday, March 17
"Through the Decades"
Saturday, April 21
"The Fort Dodge Line"
Saturday, May 19
"Railroads of Story County"