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Railswest Museum Council Bluffs 11/11/2010

by Chris Guenzler

The Railswest Museum is at the Council Bluffs Rock Island Station. I had contacted Karla who had it opened for us when we arrived on the Chinese Rocket Train from Des Moines this late afternoon.

Views inside the Railswest Museum.

CB&Q 4-6-0 915 built in 1902 at the Burlington Shops as one of only 14, and was originally a coal burner. It was switched to an oil burner sometime during its career.

Rock Island Caboose 17130.

Railway Mail Service {RPO, Rolling Post Office} UP 5098.

CB&Q Omaha Club Car Observation/Lounge.

UP Box Car 462536.

CB&Q Wooden Caboose built in 1917.

Plymouth 45 Toner built 1953.

Union Pacific 4-8-4 814.

Union Pacific 4-8-4 814 was built in 1937 by Alco.

Iowa Interstate QJ 7081 was still sitting in front of the station at this time.

The Council Bluffs Rock Island Station.

One more outside view of the displays before we returned inside the station.

More views inside this museum. Now we will go upstairs and see the Greater Omaha Society for Model Engineering Model Train Layout.

A very impressive model railroad. I then was taken inside the club room to see where the trains are put together for this unique model railroad.

It was great to see the behind the scene section of this great model railroad. I thanked Karla for my visit and I would see her again before I left on Saturday morning.

11/12/2010 I woke up to a rainy morning and knew it would be a cold and wet windy day. After breakfast I worked on the first part of the story before I left the Best Western and headed across the Missouri River on Interstate 80 passing beneath my first destination of Kennefick Park. I followed my directions that took me right to where to park and the path out to Kennefick Park.

Here the Union Pacific Big Boy 4023 and Union Pacific Centennial 6900 overlooks the Missouri River and welcomes people to Omaha.

Union Pacific Centennial 6900.

Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 4023.

Another view of the Union Pacific Centennial 6900.

UP 4023, UP 6900 and our US Flag on a cold windy morning.

Another view of UP 6900.

Both engines enjoying their views.

You can see why this engine was called Big Boy in this picture. From here I visited the Durham Museum. After that I walked out onto the bridge and had a UP coal train coming.

UP 7323 East leaving Nebraska for Iowa this morning. From here I drove back across the Missouri River and made my way to Golden Spike Park and my third destination of the morning.

Union Pacific 4-8-4 844 on display at Golden Spike Park in Council Bluffs.

The emblem of the US Flag on the water car behind the UP 844.

Iowa Interstate QJ 7081 was also here on display at the Golden Spike Park in Council Bluffs.

The Golden Spike at Golden Spike Park in Council Bluffs.

As I drove away one last view of the Iowa Interstate QJ 7081. From here I went to the Union Pacific Museum at Council Bluffs. Once done there, I went by the Iowa Interstate Engine Facility for a couple of quick pictures.

Iowa Interstate 721.

Iowa Interstate 705. I went back to the hotel gassing up the car before I finished up this story. I returned the rental car and they gave me a ride back to the Best Western. I worked on the other two stories before having Arby's again and relaxing the night away.