April 2018 Updates
April has certainly been a month of ups and downs for the weather forecast. But at the Sioux City Railroad Museum we have have seen steady progress on our projects and programs. Continue reading for updates on our Restoration Week, Reading by the Rails program, and upcoming events!
Volunteers laying rail for our Grand Scale Train
Staff and Volunteers are working hard to complete the Grand Scale Train Route
Restoration Week A Success!
Though the spring weather has been unpredictable at times, staff and volunteers have made a lot of progress on our Grand Scale Train Project.

We finished 1,060 feet of track for the Grand Scale Train and have another 250 feet of track laid and ready for ballast. We are in the home stretch for the project!

We stockpiled rock for the remaining track which will save time and fuel toward the completion.

We also spread wood chips on the trail between the machine shop and car shops building and stockpiled chips toward the south end of the trail as well.

Other volunteers took care of visitors and did more updates to the model railroad exhibits in the Civil Engineering building and made upgrades to the grand scale train wheelsets as well.

We have some new volunteers that helped with the railroad tracks and models 'O' Scale trains at home in Wayne, NE and we have a new friend that drove all the way from St. Paul, MN to spend two days volunteering on the Grand Scale Train tracks as well. He saw our project and museum on social media and came to check it and us out. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with us!

We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who made this week such a success.
Dave Blessing, Randy Bradly, Dave Noble, Derek Lanus, Phil Neri, Skip Quady, John Wagoner, Ray Wilkens, Ken Brown, Andy Brown, Bob Sweeney, Roger Victor, Charlie Woodford, Cardy Krause, Mike B. TJ Obermeyer, Samantha Bieler and Matt Merk.

Another thank you to Nelson Construction for allowing us to use their equipment to move rock for our project.
Reading by the Rails
This month we held our first ever Reading by the Rails program. It was a fantastic event. We read the Little Book of Train Stories by Stephen Cartwright. The children who attended the program listened intently as our story was read. After the reading, the kids had the opportunity to participate in a craft activity. This month's activity was helping us beautify our museum complex by decorating a wooden train planter. Later this spring we will plant flowers and display the planter for all of our guests to enjoy.

Please join us next month, May 5th, for our Reading by the Rails program. The theme of next month is "My Pet Train".
2018 Dinner by the Rails
It isn't too late to get your ticket for Dinner by the Rails.

Join us, Saturday, April 28th for the 2018 dinner by the rails. This "Progressive Dinner" will feature each course in a different building within our recently renovated museum complex. Enjoy a wonderful meal and experience the museum complex in a different way, all while helping to raise funds for the Sioux City Railroad Museum. Proceeds from this event will assist with 2018 operations, special project completion, and educational programming. The Sioux City Railroad Museum is owned and operated by the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Upcoming Events
April 28th @ 6pm

This "Progressive Dinner" will feature each course in a different building within our recently renovated museum complex. Enjoy a wonderful meal and experience the museum complex in a different way, all while helping to raise funds for the Sioux City Railroad Museum.
May 5th @ 10 am

May Theme: My Pet Train
In this fun reading program, designed for children 4-8, we explore the joys of reading. Each program is based around a railroad theme and offers a story time followed by a craft. The focus of our April 7th reading will be Community Service.
May 12th @ 10 am - 4 pm
Bring your camera along with friends and family to the event as many of the museum’s buildings, rail cars, and locomotives will be on display, including our one-of-a-kind steam locomotive.  This event is a great opportunity to observe the on-going preservation and restoration work being done at the museum.
May 19
Please support the Sioux City Railroad Museum by shopping at Barnes & Noble on May 19th for the Sioux City Railroad Museum Book fair. A portion of the proceeds from that day will go toward our educational programs! If you can't shop in store that day, use the code 12357760 when checking out online.