Streamliners Through Iowa
at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center
Above: Chicago and NorthWestern Streamliner 4-6-4 Hudson #4009 E-4 had a busy morning arriving in Ames, Iowa and headed westbound towards Boone with Omaha as its destination. Thursday, May 5, 1949.
Don Christenson photo (Lou Marre collection)
Boone, Iowa Streamliners Through Iowa is an upcoming exhibit at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center opening Wednesday, May 10th. This exhibit, partially sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, highlights contributions streamlined trains made to Iowa travel before and following WWII and their important impact on Iowa citizens.
The exhibit displays informational banners with topics ranging from streamliner inception, progression, ultimate zenith, and eventual decline of these magnificent machines.
Thirteen four-color banners include the following titles: A New Way to Travel, What is Streamlining?, The First Streamliner, Streamliners, Steam vs. Diesel, The Streamliner Experience, Streamliners: Their Economic Impact, Streamliners in Iowa: Post WWII, Decline of the Streamliners, The Chicago and North Western Streamliners, Workers on the Train, and Pullman Porters.
In addition to four color banners with rare photography and informational hand outs, the museum will play the DVD American Streamliners in the theater. Also on display will be a combination of artifacts and interactive displays as well as a hi-res informational program highlighting little-known facts about these special streamlined trains and how they affected Iowans.
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum entrance fee is $8 adults (12 and over), $3 children (3-11 years old), no charge for toddlers (under age 3) or free with purchase of most excursion train tickets.
Boone county residents with a disability who require special assistance and would like to attend this exhibit, please call Boone County Public Transportation at 515-432-5038 between 6:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Rides should be requested at least one day before the date of the trip.
For more information about this event call 1-800-626-0319 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.