James H. Andrew Library

Our library features over 900 books and periodicals related to railroading.

Please keep in mind that we accept donations of railroad books and magazines for our library. We also sell duplicates of books we already have in our collection, with proceeds being used to purchase new titles.

The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center’s library boasts one of the most extensive collections of railroad books in the Midwest. It includes good source and reference material for both the armchair hobbyist and the serious railroad scholar and modeler.

The library’s listings include:

1. The James H. Andrew Library

The library is divided into 18 different sections with groupings of books in each section. Each section is marked by a bullet.

  • Iowa Railroads
  • Official Guides
  • Lucius Beebe books
  • Passenger Trains
  • Wrecks
  • Stations
  • World Railways
  • Other Western Railroads
  • Trolleys
  • Eastern Railroads
  • Colorado and Nevada Railroads
  • Southern Railroads
  • Canadian Railroads
  • Children’s Railroad Books
  • Narrow Gauge
  • Diesel Locomotives
  • British Railways
  • Railroads, Trains, generic

2. Railroad Magazines in the library

  • Vintage Rails
  • Railway Magazine
  • The Rocket
  • Steel Rails
  • Model Railroader
  • Passenger Journal
  • Classic Toy Trains
  • Green Diamond
  • Lionel Trains
  • The Lion Roars – Lionel Trains
  • Burlington Route
  • The Bulletin
  • Mainline Railroader
  • Model Railroader
  • Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette
  • Railfan and Railroad
  • The Railfan Photographer
  • SwitchLamp
  • Trainline
  • Railroad Collector’s Association Inc.
  • Key Lock & Lantern
  • and much more!