RIDE SCHEDULE 2018
NOTICE: UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL FIRST IOWA DIVISION RIDES REQUIRE NARCOA INSURANCE AND ALL NARCOA RULES WILL APPLY.
APRIL 28, 2018 - BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD - BOONE, IOWA
We are starting out the 2018 ride season on the B&SVRR. We hope to have three trips during the day and possibly a night run. Enjoy the 156' high bridge and the Des Moines River bridge by the Y-Camp. Round trip mileage is about 20 miles round trip for each run. Set on at the depot will start at 7:00am with a 9:15am departure following a safety meeting in the depot at 9:00am for the first run. Cost of the ride is $30. Current membership in the Iowa Railroad Historical Society ( $25) is a railroad requirement. Please make out checks for the ride payable to FID and membership checks to Iowa Railroad Historical Society. Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion. Motels in Boone are the Super 8 (800-800-8000) and the Amerihost (515-432-8168). Contact Carl Schneider at 515-967-5181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
May 12, 2018 - MIDWEST ELECTRIC RAILWAY - MT. PLEASANT, IOWA
We will ride the trolley track of the Midwest Electric Railway located on the Midwest Old Threshers grounds. This ride consists of a mile plus loop under the wire that should prove a nice location to test & tune up your cars at the start of the year. There are sidings if you wish to make a few laps then stop for tuning or refreshments then run again. Cost of the ride $20 per car. Set on at 8:30 with a safety meeting at 9:00. No hirails allowed & A cars are discouraged. Directions are take Business Hwy 34 to S. Grand Ave, go south to Bell Dr and turn west to Threshers grounds. Go left (south) of the carousel to the tracks. Motels in Mt. Pleasant are Super 8 (319-385-8888), Best Western (319-385-2102) Comfort Inn (319-385-0571), and the AmericInn (319-385-2004). Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion. Contact Carl at 515-967-5181 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
May 26, 2018 - RED RIVER VALLEY & WESTERN RAILROAD - LAMOURE, NORTH DAKOTA
May 27-28, 2018 - DMV&W RAILROAD - BRITTON, SOUTH DAKOTA
The First Iowa Division will host a 2-day ride on the DMV&W Railroad at Britton, SD. We hope to be able to set on Saturday evening from 7 pm to dark. Check trackside or call me at 605-280-5551 for details.
Sunday set on will start at 6:30 am north of the elevator in downtown Britton and will cease at 8:30 am when our safety meeting starts. We will depart at 8:45 am. We will travel to the joint track limits east of Aberdeen with a stop both ways at Claremont. We should be back in Britton mid-afternoon where we will take a break before the evening run.
Late afternoon we will have a run to Geneseo ND with a stop at Rutland, ND for an on your own supper at the Lariat Lounge. Departure at 5:15 pm with an anticipated return to Britton at approximately 10 pm. After eating, we will travel to Geneseo where we will turn our cars and then return to Britton as the sun sets and it turns dark. Make sure your head light works properly as we will be traveling in the dark! Cars will be left on the track at Britton Sunday evening. This is an optional run and those wishing to rest can have their cars parked in the siding.
Monday, the safety meeting will start at 9:15 with a 9:30 am departure. We will travel the same route as last evening with a stop at Rutland for on your own rolls and coffee. We will travel to Geneseo, turn our cars, and return to Britton for set off. We should be back in Britton by 1 pm for set off and travel home.
Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 270 miles.
801 N. Harrison Ave.
605-224-2964 H 605-280-5551 C
This is a two day excursion on the rebuilt Dakota Southern Line in central South Dakota. We will cross the mile long Missouri River Bridge at least twice on the excursion. We will set on at the City Shop located on Seaman Ave in Oacoma. Turn off I-90 (Exit 260), drive south one block and turn left on 3rd St, then turn right on Seaman Ave. Friday evening set on from 6:30 to 9:00 pm for early arrivals. Saturday set on begins at 6:30am. Safety meeting starts at 8:15 with a scheduled departure at 8:30am for west Mitchell city limits with stops along the way at White Lake for break and Mt Vernon for lunch on your own. We should return to Oacoma late afternoon and will leave the cars on the track overnight. Sunday safety meeting begins at 8:30 with an 8:45 departure for Presho with a break at Kennebec westbound and bring your own lunch eastbound. We may continue westerly to Vivian depending upon car storage. We should return to Oacoma midafternoon. Itineraries may be flipped dependent upon depending upon shuttle train schedule.
Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 210 miles.
Hyrails permitted with the following restrictions:
The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply.
Additional information: Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Oacoma - (605) 234-4222; Quality Inn Oacoma - (605) 734-5593; Days Inn Oacoma - (605) 734-4100; Cedar Shore Resort Oacoma - (605) 734-6376; Others in Chamberlain, SD (Across the Missouri River)
The price of the trip is $80 prepaid (Refundable until May 17, 2018). . Price includes Ride fees only. Prepayment is required but last minute attendees are welcomed. Send payment to Dave Voeltz, and does not include Meals and motels.
Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz
Contact: Dave Voeltz
Phone: 605-224-2964 H / 605-280-5551 C
The First Iowa Division has again been asked to provided rides to the public for a fund raiser that the VFW hosts for various projects. Set on will begin at 6:30am Saturday morning just south of the water tower in the southeast part of town. Safety meeting will be at 8:30am.
Details to follow.
Additional information: Redwood Lodge. Redwood Falls - 507-644-5700; Asteria Inn & Suites (formerly Select Inn), Redwood Falls – 507 644-4444; Smart Choice Inn (poor reviews), Redwood Falls – 507-637-3456; Americas Best Value Inn, Morton MN (8 miles from set on) – 507-200-3355; The Vintage Inn Bed & Breakfast, Redwood Falls – 507-627-1875
The price of the trip is $??. Price includes ride fee only and does not include meals and motels.
Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz
605-224-2964 H / 605-280-5551 C
SEPT. 16, 2018 - TWIN CITIES & WESTERN RAILROAD - RENVILLE, MINNESOTA
Details to follow on this new ride.
OCT. 5-7, 2018 - BLACK HILLS CENTRAL RAILROAD - HILL CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
Friday: Set on begins immediately after departure of the afternoon train. We will depart immediately after the return of the train around 3:30 for a round trip to Keystone. We may have a second set on and round trip that evening depending on schedule and weather.
Saturday: We will have four round trips and will be following the steam train during the third and fourth trips so we will have a tight schedule. We will have a 'bring your own lunch' Saturday noon at the Oblivion siding. Also hoping to have extended time at Keystone on our last trip of the day on Saturday. Some have expressed an interest in riding a couple times and then sitting out the rest of the day. The railroad said they'll have a track you can store your car out of the way while you're gone so we should be able to accommodate those requests.
Sunday: We will have one round trip in the morning and will set off after departure of the morning train. We should be cleared by around 11 am.
I am also requesting that you send the trip payment of $80 to me so I can take care of paying the railroad fee. Please make payments out to First Iowa Division and mail to Dave Voeltz at the address listed below.
Motels in Hill City, SD are:
Holiday Inn Express - 605-574-4040
Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites - 605-547-2577
Super 8 - 605-574-4141
Quality Inn - 605-574-2100
Dave Voeltz is EC for this event.
Contact Dave Voeltz
801 N. Harrison Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone 605-224-2964 (H) or 605-280-5551 (C)
NOV. 3, 2018 - BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD - BOONE, IOWA
We are closing the 2018 ride season on the B&SVRR. We hope to have three trips during the day and possibly a night run. Enjoy the 156' high bridge and the Des Moines River bridge by the Y-Camp. Round trip mileage is about 20 miles round trip for each run. Set on at the depot will start at 7:00am with a 9:15am departure following a safety meeting in the depot at 9:00am for the first run. Cost of the ride is $30. Current membership in the Iowa Railroad Historical Society ( $25) is a railroad requirement. Please make out checks for the ride payable to FID and membership checks to Iowa Railroad Historical Society. Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion. Motels in Boone are the Super 8 (800-800-8000) and the Amerihost (515-432-8168). Contact Carl Schneider at 515-967-5181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.