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116-A coming back to life

Looking back at 2014
After stretching her legs for what easily could have been the final time more than 30 years ago, CGW 116-A was recently fired up once again.  On the evening of Friday, August 14, new life was breathed into the long dormant unit.

Darrin Smith captured video of the event.  Be sure to check it out below!

Thank you to Rob Schreiner for sharing the following pictures from August 14th!

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While this is a tremendous step in the right direction, there is more work ahead.  If you would like to make a contribution to be used for the resurrection of the 116-A, please click the "Donate" button below. 

Thank you!

November, 2014

To all our museum members;

This year has been a year of change, a year of accomplishment, and a year of disappointment.

On December 12, the museum's treasurer, my wife of 64 years, died.  She was my anchor when things did not go right.  And, when I wanted to walk away from the problem, she kept me going.

Our secretary moved away from Oelwein, so Ed Raye, our Vice President, ended up with double duty.

Steve Kendall took on the job of finding a contractor willing to put a new roof on the Rock Island caboose, which was an accomplishment.  Because of the leaking roof, the floor needs to be replaced.  That was accomplished in time for Heritage Days.  But the inside of the caboose still needs to be painted.  Oh well, next year.

Chris Mundt and Morgan Deerfield, the granddaughter of Bernie Saathoff, who built the two pump handcars, had one of the cars in the Positively Oelwein Parade.  The museum bought Tom Grace's trailer (designed to haul a motorcar).  It needs some repair and redesign to better haul the pump car.

On July 25th, Oelwein was a lunch stop for bikers on RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).  Yes, a lunch stop rule was that we be open from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.  The first people came into the museum at 8:30 AM, and the last ones left at 3:45 PM.

Chris and one of his coworkers from Transco Railcar Services put a new coat of paint on the black switch engine.  They wanted to put another coat on, but ran out of time.  Oh well, next year.  Speaking of next year, some of the paint crew from Transco are planning on painting the 116A.

Heritage Days attendance was about normal, although there was a motorcar club here.  They went from Oelwein to Dunkerton.  Well, it was kind of normal.  The Harold Green family bought the museum a non-operable model of a circus train pulled by a CGW steam engine built by Mr. Green, a CGW signalman.  They delivered it in a U-Haul trailer.  It is as long as two of the yard office walls.

I think every year we have someone from a foreign country.  This year it was Czechoslovakia.  They took a lot of pictures.

Officers were elected at the October meeting.  Ed Raye is President; Dana Smith, Vice President; Gabrielle Mundt, Secretary;  Bill Mundt, Treasurer; Cherie Parrish is on the Board of Directors, and in charge of the gift shop;  Chris Mundt is on the Board of Directors.

2015 dues are now being accepted:  $25 for a family, $15 for individuals.

Happy holidays to you!

The Chicago Great Western's Oelwein locomotive and car repair shops under construction in 1898.
From the collection of Jim Rueber


We would like to thank the following people for making this website possible:
Dustin D. Smith, Dana Smith, Ed Raye, William Mundt and Loren Karr

Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum

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