Railswest Railroad Museum – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Memorabilia such as historic photographs, examples of passes, dining car artifacts, uniforms, and timetables are on display. Since trains were a major part of the history of the town, the RailsWest Model Railroad tries to recreate that time. It depicts the operations of the railroads in the surrounding area. The exhibit is in a room 22 feet by 34 feet and is operational.
Also displayed on the grounds are two steam engines, 1917 waycar, a club car, a railway post office car, and a caboose. <br>Special “days” have been scheduled such as “Depot Days,” last weekend in September and “Christmas at the Depot”—the weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Rock Island was the first railroad surveyed to Council Bluffs, and it was also the first to bridge the Missouri River. This line was the first to create and use a sleeping car (1867); it also started the first railroad dining service—in 1877.
Admission – $6.00 for adults, Seniors for $5.00, Age 6 – 16: $4.00 Age 5 &under and HSPC Members: FREE Group rates available They also offer a combined pass to the Squirrel Cage Jail. Both museums for $10.
Hours – The current hours for RailsWest are Friday and Saturday 10-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM. The last tour begins at 3:30. The depot will be closed 12/21-1/7/2010. April 1, 2010 the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10-4, and Sunday from 1-4.