New exhibit Electric Railroads of Iowa Open to the Public

A new exhibit called “Electric Railroads of Iowa” is open to the public at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center. It is comprised of 19- 4 color 7’ display panels and covers such topics as the inception of Iowa’s trolleys and interurbans, their growth and declining years,
and identifies Iowa’s major lines and trunk lines in eastern, central and western Iowa. Other topics covered include horse-car narrow gauge predecessors to the electrics, investment and finances, trolley freight, city transit, passenger equipment, streetcar and trolley types, various car designs, trolley advertising, trolley and interurbans operations, and preservation of electric equipment today. This exhibit utilizes many, never published rare Iowa photos of trolleys and interurbans taken throughout the state. Also included is a self-running computer presentation
with maps indicating all major lines, as well as two custom trolley videos and a display case containing rare trolley artifacts.

The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center is on the grounds of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad located at 225 10th St., Boone, IA 50036.

For more information call 1-800-626-0319 or e-mail:

This project was sponsored by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for
the Humanities.

Current Museum hours: Friday & Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm