Iowa Rail

Museums and Attractions

Scenic Railroad

At least 60 former railroad depots, many beautifully restored, are in use around the state as local history museums or for other purposes. Iowa also has a number of railroad attractions devoted to model railroading, and a number of sites where antique railroad locomotives are displayed, or where excursion rides are provided. Listed below are a few of Iowa’s railroading attractions.

  1. Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum in Boone
  2. Burlington Northern Depot and World War II Memorial Museum in Red Oak
  3. C.B. & Q. Restored Depot in Creston
  4. Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Depot in Wilton
  5. Delmar Depot Museum
  6. Depot/Caboose Riverfront Park in Parkersburg
  7. Dickinson County Museum
  8. Dover Museum / Depot at New London
  9. Dows Welcome Center
  10. Eldon Depot Museum
  11. Eldora Welcome Center and Railroad Museum
  12. Gilbertville Depot
  13. Gowrie Depot Historical Museum
  14. Grafton Heritage Depot/Museum
  15. Historic General Dodge House in Council Bluffs (national historic landmark)
  16. Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines
  17. Hobo Museum and Hobo Gift Shop in Britt
  18. Hub City Heritage Corp. Railroad Museum in Oelwein
  19. Illinois Central Railroad Depot in Independence
  20. Iowa Trolley Park in Clear Lake
  21. Kate Shelley Railroad Museum and Park in Moingona
  22. Keokuk Union Depot in Keokuk
  23. L. M. & O. Railroad Museum in Marathon
  24. Midwest Central Railroad in Mount Pleasant
  25. The Railroad Museum - Sioux City
  26. Moravia Wabash Depot Museum
  27. Mt. Ayr Depot in Mt. Ayr
  28. North Lee County Historic Center and Railroad Depot
  29. Panora Depot – Guthrie County Historical Village & Museum
  30. RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs
  31. Red Barn Model Railroad Museum in Dundee
  32. Restored Railroad Depot in Clarion
  33. Santa Fe Depot Museum Complex in Fort Madison
  34. Trains on the Farm in Clarksville
  35. Trainland U.S.A. in Colfax
  36. Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs
  37. Vinton Railroad Depot and Museum


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