Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday

Just a reminder to all of our volunteers and guests. The Railroad Museum, Sioux City is closed on all major holidays so that our wonderful volunteers and staff can spend some well deserved time with their families during these special days.

For our guests and visitors we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but we could not operate without the wonderful and exceptional support and dedication of our volunteers. Allowing them to be with their families on the few major holidays that we have is a small way for us to thank them for allowing us to be a part of their lives and spending the very few precious free hours that they have during the year with us.

Thank you and may you all have a safe, warm, and fun filled family Easter Weekend.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Railroad Museum is adding a Passenger Train



The Railroad Museum – Sioux City, operated by the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association, announced today an online fundraising campaign to raise $60,000 for a miniature railroad.

The Siouxland Historical Railroad Association intends to... build and install a Miniature Railroad at its Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District location in Sioux City. The Miniature Railroad will feature a classic-style, 3-inch grand scale, miniature park train that will run on a 1.5-mile rail line constructed of 15-inch gauge tracks.

Anyone wishing to make a tax-deducible donation may do so by visiting the museum’s crowd funding web site  The website contains information, photos, and video of the project concept. http://www.razoo.com/story/Train-Project-Railroad-Museum-Sioux-City?referral_code=share

A local business leader has kicked off the fundraising raising campaign by providing a major gift to purchase the locomotive and passenger cars. The remaining funds are needed for the materials and supplies to build the railroad tracks upon which the train will run.
 


 

This is a picture of a locomotoive and an observation car similar to the train set we are purchasing. Our train set will include the locomotive, two 12 seat passanger coaches and a 12 seat observation car. The observation car will also feature two slots that will be compatable for wheel chair access. The below pictures show the Milwuakee Road paint scheme that the train set will actually have. This is the same paint scheme that the Milwaukee Road's Midwest Hiawatha that once serviced Sioux City had.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Friday, February 28, 2014

IT’S OPENING WEEKEND!

I know with the single digit high temperatures and all the snow that is expected this weekend it’s a pretty tough sell to think that spring will ever arrive this year. However, I can guarantee that it will eventually show up and that’s because The Railroad Museum, Sioux City is re-opening its doors for the 2014 season starting this Saturday, March 1st.

Also in town this weekend at Emma’s Event Center is the Sioux City Model Railroad Show supporting the Sioux City Cosmopolitan Club. We will have two tables set-up at the train show with information about our 31 acre museum complex and we will also have many of our gift shop items available for sale.

This year we are also introducing a new annual membership program which many of you may be interested in. A single membership is $25 and a family membership which includes 2 adults and 2 children is $50. The membership includes a business card sized membership card, free admission to the museum for one year, 10% discount in our gift shop, and receipt of our newly developed quarterly newsletter. These memberships can be purchased at the Train Show this weekend or by stopping by the Railroad Museum anytime we are open.

As a special Grand Opening Weekend gift to our wonderful visitors we are cancelling our admission rates for this weekend March 1st and 2nd and are opening our doors for a free will donation only. Come on out and visit Old Ironhorse our 1909 built Great Northern 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive. After visiting the Train Show stop out and see our 75’ x 16’ HO scale Nebraska Central operating model railroad. Pick up a schedule of our upcoming events for the year and start to mark your calendars and plan your family outings for the year. We have a lot of exciting plans for this year and are very excited to kick off this new season.

Our hours of operation for the year are:
Tuesday – Saturday:  10:00AM– 4:00PM
Sunday:  Noon – 4:00PM
Mondays and Major Holidays:  Closed

For more information please visit our web site: www.milwaukeerailroadshops.org
You can also find user friendly links on our home page to visit our other social media locations on Facebook, You Tube and Twitter.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Railroad Museum, Sioux City will participate in upcoming Model Train Shows


For those of you interested in model railroading or seeing operating model trains of all sizes. The Railroad Museum, Sioux City will be participating in two upcoming train shows.
Great Train Expo - Saturday & Sunday, February 8th & 9th from 10 AM to 4 PM each day at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA.  For more information click on the link below:
http://www.greattrainexpo.com/shows/2014CouncilBluffs.html

Sioux City Train Show - Saturday & Sunday, March 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM and March 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM at Emma’s Event Center in Sioux City, IA.  For more information click on the link below:
http://www.modeltrainshows.com/2009/03/iowa-train-shows.html

If you attend one of these shows please be sure to stop by and say hello. We love visiting with our wonderful friends. We will have two tables set up at each train show location. We will be showing a slideshow about the rail yard & museum complex and a video of our 75’ X 16’ HO scale Nebraska Central Railroad. We will be available to answer questions about the museum, our upcoming projects or just plain talking trains. We will also have some of our gift shop merchandise available for you to get that special someone in your family and our new Annual Membership Packages will be available to purchase before we open for the 2014 season on March 1st.

 Thank you for all of your support and we can’t wait to see you!

The Railroad Musuem Annouces it's 2014 Events Schedule


Here it is. The 2014 Event Schedule for The Railroad Museum, Sioux City. Save the dates and pass on the schedule to all of your family and friends. This is going to be a very exciting year and we can not wait to get started and meet everyone after the long winter.

We are currently closed for the winter but, will re-open for the year coming up on Saturday, March 1st!


National Train Day
 
National Train DayMay 10th
Saturday
10am - 4pm

Admission $6.00
Come celebrate Sioux City Historic Preservation week and America’s Railroads with us. The long winter is over and spring has arrived it’s time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. What can you expect? Steam locomotive GN1355 will be on outside display on the turntable for your picture taking enjoyment. Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Costumed rail yard characters will be on hand to interact with and special photo ops set up throughout the 31 acre complex for you shutterbugs to find that unique and special one of a kind picture for you or your family. Also, live rock-n-roll will fill the air from some of the region’s best and award winning bands. This is the perfect day to get all of the family together for some fun, food, and music and maybe even learn a thing or two about Sioux Cities strong and proud railroad past, present and future.
Ag Rail Heritage Festival
Ag/Rail FestivalAugust 16th10am - 4pm
August 17th

Noon - 4pm

Saturday & Sunday
Admission $6.00
Summer is almost over and school is starting up. This is the last best chance to do something as a family unit before the school madness and separations start for the school, social, and recreational activities and sports begin to rule the roost. Take a step back and relax. Enjoy the family and learn about our past, present and future. Come play and interact with our rail yard characters, take a relaxing motor car ride, checkout some crafts, and dance to the live country bands that will be filling air with some great music.
Halloween at the Roundhouse
Halloween at the RoundhouseOctober 18th & 25th
Saturdays
10am - 4pm

Freewill Donation
This has become the communities must attend and best family event of the year. Last year we had over 7,100 visitors in our 4 hour event. Because of the huge success of this event, this year we are expanding the event to two Saturdays and 6 hours of fun each day. Come in costume or not but come to have fun. Trick or treating, motor car rides, scavenger hunt, apple/pumpkin slingshots, screaming contest, coloring contest, haunted diner car, Hobo ghosts, witches, goblins, ghouls and more!
 
- Zombie Prom - Saturday evening October 25th - 6:30 pm – 10 pm
Introducing a brand new twist for our Halloween event; a twilight event that will be sure to please. What’s not spooky about an old rail yard at twilight, lots of trees, and zombies staggering around in mass? Take a ride into the wild forest on the haunted motor car. Oh yes this is a Prom so there has to be music and dancing. If you are embarrassed about your dance skills let me remind you that everyone there will be a zombie…. How well can a dead person dance anyway? We don’t care! Stagger about the grounds, moan to the beat of the music, and stare at everybody having a blast. This may be the first time you actually get to see a zombie smile….beware!
 
Santa's Whistle Stop Tour
Santa's Whistle Stop TourDec. 6th, 13th & 20th
Saturdays
Noon - 4pm

Freewill Donation
Come see Santa at the roundhouse! Santa will arrive via caboose at 1:15 and leave at 3:45. Trains and Christmas are a natural holiday coupling. Bring out the kids to see and talk to Santa and get your pictures taken. Santa will bring a special guest with him also. The Conductor from the North Poles world famous train The Polar Express will also arrive with Santa and will do special story book readings of the Polar Express. Dress warm and take a nice winter time motor car ride, it's our version of a Christmas time horse and sleigh ride. Bundle up and get into a big family cuddle as this is the winter time family event you've been waiting for!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Are you a Character? Volunteers Needed.



Do you like to dress up and play? Would you enjoy playing a character from the past to teach people about the way it was and compare it to the way it is today? Do you have desires to be an actor/actress? Do you need somewhere to practice your craft, explore new opportunities, and most importantly have fun with the public.
 
We are looking for people interested in being character volunteers and people interested in volunteering their talents to help teach others how to master these skills. We entertained over 47,000 guests last year with over 1,700 kids coming out on special school tours. Our railroad museum is gaining national recognition and we are making strides to move up to the next level of entertainment. 
 
If you have an interest in railroading, local or national history, and would like to help improve your and others quality of life and bring in more tourism dollars to our wonderful home of Sioux City. Please consider volunteering your time, your fun, and your expertise.