Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween at the Roundhouse is now two Saturdays long!

Save the date(s) it's almost here! The best, free, Fall family event in Siouxland is now on two Saturdays and is 6 hours long each day.  We can't wait to see you! Spread the word!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Touch a Truck or Train Event is this Saturday Oct. 4th

The first annual Touch-a-Truck-or-Train community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this Saturday, October 4, in the rail yard of the Milwaukee R...ailroad Shops Historic District in Sioux City.

General admission to the event is $10 per family. Bring the entire family out and enjoy sitting in these trucks, trains and vehicles; learning about what they do, how they work, and how they benefit our community.

Name a child who wouldn’t love to climb aboard a fire truck, big rig, or train engine! Touch-a-Truck or Train provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types – public service, emergency, utility, construction, military, railroad transportation, delivery, and just plain cool – all in one place.

The Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District, home of the community’s landmark Ironhorse steam locomotive, will be celebrating Touch-a-Truck-or-Train with railroad demonstrations, helicopter landing and takeoff, and the exhibition of transportation-related vehicles. This mini transportation expo will allow kids and adults to sit inside, touch, and learn all about vehicles and train equipment they usually don’t have the opportunity to be up close with. Vehicle drivers and operators will be on hand to educate the public about their vehicles and its importance to the world of work.

Event vehicles will vary from a semi-tractor rig to diesel railroad locomotive. There will be a large tow truck displayed by Meier Towing, a semi-tractor rig exhibited by I State Freightliner, a police car demonstrated by the Sioux City Police Department, and a Fire Truck shown by Sioux City Fire Rescue. Other Siouxland businesses and agencies will have a variety of vehicles on hand for kids and adults to explore, including the Mercy Air Care Helicopter, a Siouxland Paramedics Ambulance, and military vehicles from the Army Reserve. Travel Plus Limousine will exhibit their Trolley Bus and a limousine, and GCC Ready Mix will display a cement mixer.

Railroad equipment displays will include the outdoor exhibition of Sioux City’s Landmark Steam Locomotive, a restored wood Northern Pacific Caboose, a railroad center cab diesel locomotive, and the 400 truck used by railroads in the repair of rail cars.

During the event, there will be two railroad demonstrations involving the switching and movement of equipment. At 10 a.m., the Railroad Museum will pull the steam locomotive and wood caboose out of the roundhouse and position the historic equipment for outdoor exhibition. At 3:15 p.m., the equipment will be returned to the roundhouse. During both movements, there will be a turntable demonstration.

Touch-a-Truck-or-Train is a community event that allows families to take photos near railroad equipment and other transportation vehicles in a safe environment. Families and amateur photographers are welcomed to Bring Your Own Digital Device to pose and photograph family members near the train, truck or vehicle displays. This unique opportunity will allow parents and grandparents to dress children in railroad attire and pose them next to Sioux City’s landmark steam locomotive and other railroad equipment in an outdoor setting; using the sun and the backdrop of the historic buildings, rail yard, train displays, and the Loess Hills Bluffs to help frame your photos.

The Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District is located adjacent to the Big Sioux River and Loess Hills National Scenic Byway in Sioux City’s north Riverside area along Iowa State Highway 12. Built in 1917-1918, the Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District is one of the largest remaining steam locomotive-servicing facilities in the Midwest. The 31.5-acre site consists of a roundhouse with turntable, machine/blacksmith shop building, car/carpenter shop building, sand drying house with wood sand tower, engineer’s tool shed and a water closet building. This historic site also contains eighteen other historical remnants, including foundations of the water tower, boiler house and coaling tower.

Touch-a-Truck-or-Train Event Schedule

10:00 a.m. Railroad Switching and Shunting Demonstration – pulling out of steam locomotive and wood caboose from roundhouse building

1:00 p.m. Landing of Mercy Air Care Helicopter – exhibited until 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. Take off of Mercy Air Care Helicopter

1:00 p.m. Arrival of Fire Truck and Military Vehicles – exhibit until 3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m. Railroad Switching and Shunting Demonstration – returning of steam locomotive and wood caboose inside the roundhouse building

Thursday, September 4, 2014


The Railroad Museum Sioux City is now in the process of gauging interest and planning for our inaugural “Touch a Truck or Train” Transportation Expo to be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We are seeking local busin...ess, public agencies or organizations that would be willing to display their big rig trucks, construction equipment, or military vehicles for the public to view, climb aboard, and blow the horn. Please see the attached information; which is displayed as a picture file.

If you are associated with or know of a company or organization that would be interested in participating, please send an e-mail along with your contact information to to request a copy of the letter and flyer. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we may partner together to make this event happen.

We would like to have about 50 big rig trucks, tow truck, military vehicles, vintage trucks, construction equipment, etc. on display with our railroad locomotives and rolling stock. Please read the attached image files for more information.

We are also looking for financial contributions to help with underwriting the event costs. If you would like to help sponsor the event, please e-mail asking for sponsorship information.

Thank you.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

12th Annual Ag-Rail Heritage Festival is Almost Here!

Want to exhibit your vintage iron (tractor), truck, or classic car at Ag-Rail?
Contact the Railroad Museum's executive director, Matt Merk, for more information.                         E-mail


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Archeology Dig to Unearth The Railroads Past

Wow, we are getting national attention with our planned archaeology dig scheduled to start in August. The archaeology team coming in from the University of Iowa are also looking for 30 volunteers to help.
These volunteers will work side by ...side with the archeologists doing some digs, and sifting through the dirt, looking for any type of historic artifact. If you are interested or know of someone that would like to help please contact us. No special skills are needed to volunteer. Interested volunteers can email the Milwaukee Railroad Shops at: or call: 233-6996.
For more information about the dig and volunteering for it please click on the links below.

Pictures Needed of the Rounhouse Complex and its Employee's

The Siouxland Historical Railroad Association is seeking old photos from area families of the Sioux City-based Milwaukee Road Railroad Shops and its railroad workers in search of pictures that can assist with an archaeological dig or can accompany the nomination to list the historic site on the National Register of Historic Places.

Larry Obermeyer, railroad museum president, said they would like to include photographs donated by local Milwaukee Road families of themselves or their relatives working at the railroad shops complex. “The images of the workers, buildings, etc., provide a historical overview of the functionality of the site. We would like to be able to show the worker perspective by including their photos in with the historical documentation,” Obermeyer said.
Individuals who have photos may bring them to the Railroad Museum, where staff will collect the photos and information for sresearch team. After scanning, the research team will return the originals to the owner.

For those unable to bring the photos to the Railroad Museum, digital photos may be e-mailed. These photos should be scanned at a dpi of at least 300 to provide good reproduction. The photos should be e-mailed by August 5th to Along with the photos, contributors will be asked to provide the railroad worker’s name and occupation.
Photos will be used for the National Register nomination and may be used by the field archaeologists studying the site from August 6 to August 29. The photos may also be permanently exhibited in a display at the railroad museum.

The Railroad Museum is located on the grounds of the Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District at 3400 Sioux River Road in the North Riverside Neighborhood of Sioux City. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Families contributing photos to the Museum’s historical study will receive Free Admission.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

During this holiday weekend, July 4 – 6, the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association will hold its Heritage Giving Weekend, a three-day online giving initiative to raise funds to construct the Sioux City & Dakota Grand Scale Railroad, a fun and educational railway ride exhibit to illustrate the history and importance of the railroads to Midwestern culture.
The intent of this project is to improve mobility and accessibility for children and their families while providing a train ride experience during visits to the Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District. Photos and videos of the train being built can be viewed at or Donations of $10 or more can be made by visiting
The crowd funding initiative seeks to raise $60,000 for the purchase of the train set and track building materials as part of a multi-phased project to build and install a park-style Miniature Railroad at its museum campus, located at 3400 Sioux River Road in Sioux City, Iowa. The Miniature Railroad will feature a classic-style 3-inch scale miniature park train that will run on a 1.5-mile rail line constructed with 15-inch gauge tracks.

This miniature railroad will be capable of running a three-car train set consisting of a vintage reproduction of the historic F-7 diesel locomotive with a four motor drive system and phoenix sound, two twelve-passenger economy coaches, and an ADA-compliant observation car. The train set is currently under construction at the Swannee River Railroad shops in Fort Worth, Texas.
Help us expand on our railroad experience by donating at today!