Charles City Western Car 50
CCW Car Number 50 was built by the Mc Guire-Cummings Company of Paris, Illinois in 1915. The builder’s photo shows that it was originally built and lettered for the CCW. Records indicate that it was originally painted in the Pullman green color, and sometime in its later life, it was painted in the present colors of orange and maroon.. This car is a prime example of the combination baggage, mail and passenger type of interurban car that ran between cities and towns in more densely populated areas of the country. Car 50 ran between Charles City, Iowa and the nearby communities of Marble Rock and Colwell, all in the northeastern part of Iowa.
Chicago South Shore & South Bend Cars
All of these cars are former Chicago, South Shore & South Bend cars which were built in 1927.
Cars 38 and 39 have been converted to trailer (unpowered) cars. Cars 102, 106, and 109 were lengthened and modernized after World War II.
Cars 38, 39, and 106 are pressed into service during our busier times of the year (fall colors, Day out with Thomas™, Santa Express™ trains, etc.), while cars 102 and 109 are on hand for parts salvage. Car 106 also makes trips between our depot and downtown Boone on select Saturdays from Memorial Day Weekend through October 31.
These cars were purchased with the help of area businesses, and moved to Boone in 1984.
Metra Bi-Level Cars
“Highliners” 1506, 1511, 1523, 1538, 1557, 1628