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
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!
Click images to enlarge
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
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
died. She was my anchor when things did not go
when I wanted to walk away from the problem, she kept me
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
Because of the leaking roof, the floor needs to be
was accomplished in time for Heritage Days. But
the inside of the
caboose still needs to be painted. Oh well, next
Chris Mundt and Morgan Deerfield, the granddaughter of
who built the two pump handcars, had one of the cars in
Oelwein Parade. The museum bought Tom Grace's
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
(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,
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
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
I think every year we have someone from a foreign
year it was Czechoslovakia. They took a lot of
Officers were elected at the October meeting. Ed
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!
Chicago Great Western's Oelwein locomotive and car
repair shops under
construction in 1898. From
the collection of
would like to thank the following people for
Dustin D. Smith, Dana Smith, Ed Raye,
William Mundt and Loren
Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum 26
2nd Avenue SW Oelwein, Iowa319-283-1939