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 …

2020 BOGO Sale is underway!

Now through Sunday, May 31 you can get two adult Classic Coach Class tickets for the price of one with our 2020 BOGO Sale. This sale is only good for Classic Coach Class service on regularly-scheduled Fraser Excursion Trains (our basic excursion) from June 1, 2020 through Thursday, October 31, 2020. If you know the …

COVID-19 Update from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

Just like you, the COVID-19 pandemic has put us in the position of having to make decisions that we never really imagined we would ever have to make. One curve it has thrown at us is to implement social distancing in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In order to accomplish this, …

This weekend’s program by Wes Bender cancelled

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center in Boone, Iowa has cancelled the Saturday, March 21 program by Wes Bender program – Iowa City Railways. When possible, this event will be rescheduled. The status of the last program of the year, The Cedar Valley Route, which is scheduled …

2020 speaker series continues with railroad transit historian Wes Bender

UPDATE: NOW CANCELLED Trolley motorman and railroad transit historian Wes Bender will present a free program called “Iowa City Railways”, 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The program will be held at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. Wes will cover …

Attention Educators!

Can you believe that it’s February? The end of the school year will be here before we know it. Are your students learning about transportation? Maybe you’re just looking for a new experience for your students. From April through early June, and September through October, we operate special school charters through the Des Moines River …

2020 Speaker Series continues with Bob Bourne and “Street Railways in Ames 1890-1929”

Transit Consultant and Noted Railroad Historian Bob Bourne will present a free program called Street Railways in Ames – 1890-1929 – Saturday February 15th, 2020 at 2 pm at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. The railroad is located at 225 10th St in Boone, …

Valentine Dinner Trains, new gift shop items, and more!

Winter seems to have set in. And, while our basic excursion trains aren’t running this time of year, our doors are still open (winter hours are posted on our website). Last weekend, The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum’s popular speaker series got underway with a presentation from Dr. Rudy Daniels. Work continues to add merchandise …

2020 Speaker Series begins with Interurban America: Rails from Here to There and Everywhere in Between

The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center is hosting a free event entitled Interurban America: Rails from Here to There and Everywhere in Between featuring historian, author and teacher, Dr. Rudolph Daniels,  Saturday, January 11th, 2020, at 2 pm. Rudy will highlight the important impact electric trolleys and interurbans had on the growth …

Holiday Hours

The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s museum, gift shop, and depot will be opening at noon today, and closing at 4 pm. Our 1:30 pm Fraser Excursion Train is operating as scheduled, with boarding beginning at approximately 1:15 pm, departure promptly at 1:30 pm. Please be at the depot by 12:30 pm to pick up …