All Aboard! Capital Campaign


A Vision for the Railroad’s Future:  Through strategic planning, our organization identified five areas that were important for us to continue our mission of sharing the story of railroading with future generations.  After conducting a feasibility study, a $900,000 capital campaign goal was set.  With your help, we can continue to make memories for years to come.

Steam Locomotive


A steam locomotive is a machine like no other. The smell of coal, the rhythm of steam exhaust, and the heat radiating off the boiler are all unique. Our locomotive is out of service as we conduct a 1472-day inspection. With a price tag of $150,000, the All Aboard! Vision Campaign will get our locomotive up and running for the next generation to experience.

Track Rehabilitation


Providing an authentic rail experience requires two main components: the train and the track. After significant flooding in 2007, 2008, and 2010, track maintenance resources were focused on repairs. The All Aboard! Vision Campaign will provide for 11 miles of track to be rehabilitated which will provide train passengers with a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Depot Expansion


The current depot was designed for train operations during the Summer and Fall, capable of holding 100 people shoulder to shoulder. Since 1984, operations have expanded but the passenger waiting area has not. By expanding the depot, more of our passengers can wait inside during inclement weather conditions.

Diesel Locomotives


Our vintage diesel locomotives were built in the 1940’s and early 50’s. These locomotives have served us well, but as we have grown, it has become necessary to have additional locomotives available to operate all of our trains. The All Aboard! Vision Campaign would allow us to restore two additional diesel locomotives for use on these trains.

Museum Storage


The museum opened in 2012 and has grown rapidly. We have become aware of the need to increase artifact storage space in order to accommodate more donations. The All Aboard! Vision Campaign would provide a climate-controlled storage facility allowing more artifacts to be rotated, thus giving visitors the opportunity to view other pieces of railways history.

All Aboard! A Vision for the Railroad’s Future

Thank you for your interest in helping the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad for another 37+ years!


For more information about our All Aboard! Capital Campaign, please send an e-mail to, or call us at 1-800-626-0319. We will send you an information packet with more details of our campaign and our plans for the future.


Ready to take action now? Click here to download a pledge card, complete it, and mail it in. Or, complete the electronic version below.


Your support of this campaign is vital to making this happen.  We, as well as future generations, thank you!


Campaign gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your attorney or tax advisor to determine the deductibility of any charitable gift.  Receipts of gifts will be sent annually in the month of January for the previous year. If you have any questions about your gift, please contact Travis Stevenson at 515-432-4249. Thank you!


Please note: Monies raised in excess of campaign and associated project costs will be allocated to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad endowment and/or operational cash reserves, as determined by the Iowa Railroad Historical Society Board of Directors.

All Aboard!