Rail Transportation

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