RIDE SCHEDULE 2024


NOTICE: UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL FIRST IOWA DIVISION RIDES REQUIRE NARCOA INSURANCE AND ALL NARCOA RULES WILL APPLY.

FID Preregistration Form

IRHS Membership Form

April 27, 2024 - BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD - BOONE, IOWA

A cleanup day is being planned on Friday, April 26. A night ride is being planned for Friday evening and four trips on Saturday with a night run as well.

We are starting the 2024 ride season on the B&SVRR. Early set on Friday evening will be between 5 and 7pm with a possible night run about 7pm for those interested. We hope to have four trips during the day on Saturday and a night run following the return of the dinner train. Enjoy the 156' high bridge and the Des Moines River bridge by the Y-Camp. Round trip mileage is about 20 miles for each run. Saturday set on at the depot will start at 6:30am with an 8:30am departure following a safety meeting at 8:15am for the first run. We'll make two runs in the morning with restroom breaks in between and two runs in the afternoon before the dinner train pulls into the station to board passengers at 5pm. A night run will follow the return of the dinner train. There won't be time for a lunch break in order to get all of our miles in so bring along any food you might wish to eat during the day.

Preregistration is Required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Carl Schneider.

Preregistration cost of this excursion is $30 ( $40 day of ride or after April 13th ). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Current membership in the Iowa Railroad Historical Society ($25) is a railroad requirement. Print off the IRHS membership form above if needed and include it with your payment. Please make out check for the IRHS to: Iowa Railroad Historical Society. Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion.

Motels in Boone are the Super 8 ( 515-432-8890 ), American Inn 2215 Story St. (515-432-4322). Baymont Inn (515-432-8168).

Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

For questions or further information contact Carl at (515) 494-4401 or by email (m[email protected]).


May 25, 2024 - RED RIVER VALLEY & WESTERN RAILROAD - BRECKENRIDGE, MN.

First Iowa Division will host a 1-day excursion at Breckenridge, MN. Early set on will be available late Friday afternoon and early evening at the roundhouse track at Breckenridge. Saturday’s excursion will travel north and westerly to just east of Ransom Junction at Sheldon, ND via Wahpeton and Davenport Junctions with a stop both ways at Kindred. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 124 miles.

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz. An excursion packet will be emailed out to those who preregister. Lunch will be available to purchase at Sheldon. Please write down the number of meals you would like to reserve. Last minute attendees are welcomed but you will need to bring your own lunch. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details. Hyrails permitted at the front behind the escort. The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply.

MENTORING IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS EXCURSION.

Additional information: AmericInn Lodge & Suites Wahpeton, ND - (701) 642-8365; Baymont Inn and Suites Wahpeton, ND - (701) 642-5000; Rodeway Inn Wahpeton, ND -(701) 642-1115; Travelodge Wahpeton, ND – (701) 484-0378; Select Inn Hotel Breckenridge MN –(218)-643-9201;

Cost of this excursion is $70 ($80 day of ride or after May 11th). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Price includes Ride fee, host gratuity and other associated excursion expenses but does not include meals and motels.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz; Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-280-5551

E-Mail: [email protected]


May 26 & 27, 2024 - DAKOTA MISSOURI VALLEY & WESTERN RAILROAD - LIDGERWOOD, ND.

NEW TRACK! First Iowa Division will host a 2 Day Excursion at Lidgerwood, ND, SD. Sunday’s excursion will travel from Lidgerwood, ND to Fullerton ND and back. Monday’s excursion will travel from Lidgerwood, ND to Britton, SD and back. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 204 miles. An excursion Packet will be emailed out to those who preregister. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details. Hyrails permitted at the front behind the escort. The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

Additional information:Motels: Circle T Lodge, Lidgerwood 701 538 7373 - Only 13 rooms available. These rooms are reserved until May 1st for participants. After May 1, based on availability. Tell Heidi you are with the First Iowa Division and would like to reserve one of the blocked off Rooms. King Bed Room with Hideaway or Double Queen Bed Room available for $81 including tax. Dogs are an additional $10 or use the free kennels on facility. Hankinson Inn–Hankinson, ND (13 miles) 701-640-9330 or email: [email protected] Dakota Magic Casino - I29 SD/ND Border (25 Miles) 701 634 3000Forman Inn & Suites – Forman ND (25 miles) 701 724 4094

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz.

Cost of this excursion is $70 ($80 day of ride or after May 11th). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Price includes Ride fee, host gratuity and other associated excursion expenses but does not include Meals and motels.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz; Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-280-5551

E-Mail: [email protected]


June 8, 2024 - DEPOT DAYS - REDFIELD, SD

First Iowa Division was asked to recruit cars to participate at their annual Railroad Depot Day event. Participants will provide rides to the public on a .8 mile length of track. Lunch will be provided. Rides are usually offered from 10 am until 4 pm. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 to register. Hyrails are welcomed. The event is sponsored by the City of Redfield and we will operate under their insurance. This is a NON NARCOA event but NARCOA rules apply. Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

Additional information:Super 8 605-574-1339 826 West 4th St, Redfield, South Dakota

There is no cost to participate.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-280-5551

E-Mail: [email protected]


June 15 & 16, 2024 - ELLIS & EASTERN RAILROAD - LUVERNE MN

First Iowa Division will host a 2 Day Excursionat Luverne, MN. Saturday will see a morning trip from Luverne to Agate Junction, an afternoon trip west to Manly, MN and back, and an evening trip to Agate Junction and back. Sunday’s excursion will travel to Agate Jct and back. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 210 miles. An excursion Packet will be emailed out to those who preregister. Last minute attendees are welcomed. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details. Hyrails NOT permitted. The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

Additional information: Motels: Grand Stay Hotel & Suites - 507 449 4949; Super 8 -507 283 9541; Econolodge - 844 974-2121.

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz.

Cost of this excursion is $50 ($60 day of ride or after June 1st). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division.Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Price includes Ride fee, host gratuity and other associated excursion expenses but does not include Meals and motels.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz; Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303


July 6 & 7, 2024 - RINGNECK & WESTERN RAILROAD - OACOMA, SD

First Iowa Division will host a 2-day excursion at Oacoma, SD. We hope to get permission to set on Friday evening. Check with the EC that day to confirm. Saturday’s excursion will travel to 1 mile west of Mitchell and back with stops both ways at White Lake and Mt. Vernon. Lunch can be purchased at Mt Vernon during our noon break at the trackside convenience store. Sunday we will travel to Presho and back with stops both ways at Kennebec. Bring your own food and beverages on Sunday as there are no nearby establishments. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 217 miles.

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz. An excursion packet will be emailed out to those who preregister. Last minute attendees are welcomed. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details. Hyrails permitted at the front behind the escort. The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

Additional information: Quality Inn Oacoma: 605-734-5593$129 Double Queen Rate available only until 06/06/2024, ask for railroad excursion group rate; Howard Johnson Oacoma: 605-234-4222; Econlodge Oacoma: 605-734-4111; Baymont Inn Oacoma: 605-215-5766; Other via Google.

Cost of this excursion is $80 ($90 day of ride or after June 22nd). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Price includes ride fee, host gratuity and other associated excursion expenses but does not include meals and motels.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz; Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-280-5551

E-Mail: [email protected]


AUG 3 & 4, 2024 – IOWA SOUTHERN RAILWAY, CENTERVILLE, IA.

First Iowa Division will host a 2-day excursion at Centerville, IA.

On Saturday, August 3, we will provide rides for the public in conjunction with Centerville’s Trains, Planes and Automobiles celebration. We will travel a total of 18 miles for each ride. Set-on will be on E. O’Neal St. near the elevator (south end of town and east of Highway 5) and will begin at 7:00 AM and must be completed by 8:15 AM. Cars will be backed into town to the CB&Q depot located on Highway 5. Rides will depart from the depot and will commence at 9:00 AM and will continue to approximately 5:00 PM. There will be no cost for operators giving rides on Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Vehicles and trailers can be parked at the set-on site. Motor cars will be parked overnight at the railroad’s engine house and will be moved to the set-on site on Sunday.

On Sunday, August 4, we will travel from Centerville to the diamond south of Moravia. We will travel 40 miles for each trip. There be NO LIMIT to the number of cars participating on this ride. Set-on will be on E. O’Neal St. near the elevator (south end of town and east of Highway 5) and will begin at 8:00 AM and must be completed by 9:00 AM. Departure will be at 9:30 AM. .Hi Rail trucks will not be permitted. Mentoring will not be allowed. Vehicles and trailers can be parked at the set-on site.

Preregistration is Required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Carl Schneider. An excursion packet will be emailed to those who preregister. Cost for the ride is $45 .for those who wish to only ride on Sunday.

These events are sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. For additional details contact Mike Thomas (641-895-0253). or Carl Schneider ( 515-494-4401 ).

Motels in Centerville are:

Super 8, 1021 N. 18th St. (641-323-2167)

Westbridge Inn & Suites, 117 N. 18th St. (641-437-7272)

Aug 17, 2024 - MINNESOTA PRAIRIE LINE - REDWOOD FALLS, MN

The First Iowa Division will host a one day ride on the MPLI Railroad at North Redwood, MN. We hope to be able to set on Friday afternoon for early arrivals. Saturday set on begins at 6:30am. Safety meeting starts at 8:00 am with a scheduled departure at 8:30 am. We will ride from North Redwood to Winthrop and back in the morning, take a lunch break, then travel to Belview and back in the afternoon. We will stop at Fairfax to visit the restored depot in the morning and the restored depot at Belview in the afternoon. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 98 miles. An excursion Packet will be emailed out to those who preregister. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details.Hyrails permitted at the front behind the escort. The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

Additional information: Motels:(Preferred) Redwood Lodge. Redwood Falls - 507-644-5700. SPECIAL GROUP RATE $104.18 plus tax.Must ask for the NARCOA Rate.Offer good through July 15th. or until special rate rooms are reserved. Other motels via Google search.

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz.

Cost of this excursion is $80 ($90 day of ride or after August 3rd). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Price includes ride fee, host gratuity and other associated excursion expenses but does not include Meals and motels.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz; Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-280-5551

E-Mail: [email protected]



Aug,. 18, 2024 - TWIN CITIES & WESTERN RAILROAD - OLIVIA, MN.

The First Iowa Division will host a 1-day ride over the Twin Cities & Western’s Line at Olivia MN. Sunday set on begins at 6:30am. Safety meeting starts at 8:00 am with a scheduled departure at 8:30 am. We will travel from Olivia, MN to Norwood Young America MN and back. A buffet lunch will be available to purchase at a trackside restaurant at Norwood Young America. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 106 miles.

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz.An Excursion Packet will be emailed out to those who preregister. Last minute attendees are welcomed. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details. Hyrails permitted at the front behind the escort. The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

Additional information: Motels:(Preferred and recommended) Redwood Lodge. Redwood Falls - 507-644-5700. SPECIAL GROUP RATE $104.18 plus tax.Must ask for the NARCOA Rate.Other nearby lodging: Americas Best Value Inn, Morton MN– 507-200-3355;Be sure to check ratings.

Cost of this excursion is $80 ($90 day of ride or after August 4th). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Price includes Ride fee, host gratuity and other associated excursion expenses but does not include Meals and motels.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz; Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact:

Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave.

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-280-5551

E-Mail: [email protected]



SEPT. 13 & 14, 2024 - BLACK HILLS CENTRAL RAILROAD - HILL CITY, SD

First Iowa Division will host a 2 Day Excursion at Hill City, SD. The excursion will consist of six round trips from Hill City to Keystone.

Friday, set on occurs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Safety Meeting starts at 1:40 pm with a 2 pm departure. We depart in front of the train, travelto Keystone, and return to Keystone Junction to hold for the eastbound train. Immediate departure to Hill City after train passes. After the passenger train arrives back at Hill City, we will depart for a second round trip and take a supper break. At 7:30 pm, we will depart for a night excursion to Keystone and back with a 45 minute break at Keystone. Arrive at 10 pm at Hill City and tie down for the evening. There will be three round trips this day.

Saturday, set on will be available for late arrivals from 7:15 am until 8:00 am. Safety meeting starts at 8:30 am with a 9:00 am departure to Keystone and back. There will be a 1 hour break upon return. We will then follow the steam train to Keystone 15 minutes after its departure, and back to Hill City. After a 10 minute break, we depart to Oblivion siding where we will have an “On Your Own” lunch and wait for the steam train to pass us. We will then follow it to Keystone and back to Hill City and set off. There will be 3 round trips this day.Set off will be around 5 pm.

Approximate total mileage for this excursion is 108 miles. This ride is limited to 25 cars.

The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply. Call Excursion Coordinator Dave Voeltz at 605-280-5551 for details. Hyrails NOT permitted at this excursion due to tight turns. NO MENTORING ALLOWED due to the challenging characteristics of this mountain railroad. Experienced 2 cycle operators with strong running well maintained cars are welcomed.

SPECIAL RAILROAD REQUIREMENTS: All cars must be equipped with functioning 2-Way radios so communication can be maintained between cars. Cars must also be equipped with a BRIGHT headlight that provide adequate illumination for the night excursion. 2 headlights are preferred. All cars must meet minimum NARCOA standards including appropriate spark arrestors and/or fire extinguishers. NO EXTERNAL GAS CANS may be carried on the cars during the excursion.

Additional information: Super 8 - 605-574-4141 Special $79 per night rate. Must ask for the Railroad Speeders Rate. 15 rooms are blocked off until Sept 1st, after that, rate will be honored if rooms available. Holiday Inn Express - 605-574-4040 Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites - 605-547-2577 Quality Inn - 605-574-2100

Preregistration is required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Dave Voeltz.

The price of the trip is $80. Price includes ride fee, and does not include motels and meals.

Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz, Asst. Coordinators: Carl Schneider, Stuart Remmers; EC in Training: Gary Pyle

Contact: Dave Voeltz

801 N. Harrison Ave

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303

Phone: 605-224-2964

E-Mail: [email protected]



SEPT. 28 & 29 KANSAS & OKLAHOMA RAILROAD - KANSAS

Details when available.

October 12, 2024 - fT. LEONARD WOOD, MO.

Full details will be posted as they become available.


October 13, 2024 – COLUMBIA TERMINAL RAILROAD - COLUMBIA, MO.

Details when available.


Nov. 2, 2024 - BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD - BOONE, IOWA

Set on Friday afternoon for an evening run to Wolf and back. 4 round trips Saturday with a possible evening run as well.

We are ending the 2024 ride season on the B&SVRR. Early set on Friday evening will be between 5 and 7pm with a possible night run about 7:30pm for those interested. We hope to have four trips during the day on Saturday and a night run following the return of the dinner train. Enjoy the 156' high bridge and the Des Moines River bridge by the Y-Camp. Round trip mileage is about 20 miles for each run. Saturday set on is at the crossing east of the depot and will start at 6:30am with an 8:15am departure following a safety meeting at 8:00am for the first run. Use only the east crossing for setting on and setting off! We'll make two runs in the morning working with the lunch train schedule. Short restroom breaks will be in between runs while turning the cars. We also plan on two runs in the afternoon before the dinner train pulls into the station to board passengers at 5pm. A night run will follow the return of the dinner train.

Preregistration is Required. Print out the registration form found at the top of this page, complete it, and mail it and payment to excursion coordinator Carl Schneider.

Preregistration cost of this excursion is $30 ( $40 day of ride or after Oct. 20 ). Please make checks out to: First Iowa Division. Full refunds minus a $10 cancellation fee will be issued for cancellations up to the day of the excursion. Current membership in the Iowa Railroad Historical Society ($25) is a railroad requirement. Print off the IRHS membership form above if needed and include it with your payment. Please make out check for the IRHS to: Iowa Railroad Historical Society. Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion

Motels in Boone are the Super 8 ( 515-432-8890 ), American Inn 2215 Story St. (515-432-4322). Baymont Inn (515-432-8168).

Mentoring by advance approval only! Contact EC to arrange mentoring.

For questions or further information contact Carl at (515) 494-4401 or by email (m[email protected]).


Additional FID requirements:

1. No trailers on any FID ride.

2. All model cars that came with factory lift handles must have them installed.


The First Iowa Division and its officers assume no responsibility for any property damage or personal injury which may occur on a First Iowa Division sponsored excursion.