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UP Donation Train arrives Silvis

After months of planning and negotiations, hours of hard work and dedication, and with the continued support from generous donors, the Union Pacific Donation Special arrived at the Silvis Shops on Saturday, November 19, 2022. The following day, the shops were opened to the public to allow them to Walk Among the Giants ­– 4-6-6-4 Challenger #3985, 2-10-2 #5511, and the largest diesel in the world, DDA40X Centennial #6936, plus several other pieces of historic equipment. Several hundred people...

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RRHMA announces unique equipment delivery of historic Union Pacific steam and diesel locomotives to its facility in Silvis, IL

Railroading Heritage of Midwestern America (RRHMA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is proud to announce the scheduled delivery of three famous locomotives, recently deaccessioned from Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) in 2021, to the RRHMA shop facility in Silvis, IL. The delivery train is scheduled to depart Cheyenne, WY on November 11th, arriving in Silvis on November 19th. Once the equipment arrives in Silvis, a dedication ceremony and fundraiser benefit are scheduled, which will be announced through the...

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Canadian Pacific donates turntable to RRHMA

Milwaukee Road turntable will be installed at Silvis shop complex SILVIS, Ill. — Canadian Pacific has donated the former Milwaukee Road twin-span turntable from Bensenville, Ill., to Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA) for use at its Silvis shop complex. On Sept. 8, the turntable, constructed in 1937, was successfully split in two and loaded onto trucks for the move across Illinois to Silvis. Project managers Erik Hoofnagle and Dennis Daugherty coordinated the move for RRHMA. While...

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Union Pacific Donation Delivery #1

Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA) is excited to announce that huge steps are being taken to make our Silvis, Illinois, shop complex the new hub for what we call History's Future. We have been hard at work on everything from track repairs to new interior lighting and general clean up to make the first delivery of equipment possible.Track on the west end of the building was completely removed and replaced to make it easier and safer for equipment and operators to enter the...

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Railroading Heritage of Midwest America Announces Double Matching Grant

Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA) is excited to announce the Double Matching Grant. This unique fundraising opportunity augments all donations to RRHMA’s Steam Restoration Fund by adding $2 for every dollar donated, through generous matching funds provided by two longtime donors. These doubled matches will ensure the speedy restoration of both Union Pacific “Challenger” 3985 as well as UP 5511, a historically significant locomotive in its own right, thanks to its three-valve drive gear.

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Union Pacific, RRHMA reach agreement to preserve historic locomotives

OMAHA, Neb. and MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Union Pacific Railroad and the non-profit Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA) today announced UP’s donation of out-of-service historic Union Pacific locomotives and passenger equipment from UP’s Heritage Fleet. Under the agreement, the following equipment is being donated to RRHMA: UP “Challenger” steam locomotive No. 3985 built by American Locomotive Co. in 1943 “Santa Fe” type 2-10-2 steam locomotive No. 5511 built by Baldwin in 1923...

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RRHMA awarded $31,000 by the Emery Rail Heritage Trust

Railroading Heritage of Midwest America would like to announce the award of $31,000 by the Emery Rail Heritage Trust to go towards the return to service of the Sleeping Car/Lounge Caritas. We would like to thank the Emery Rail Heritage Trust for its continued support of non-profits to preserve rolling stock from the golden age of rail travel. Railroading Heritage of Midwest America was proud to announce in late 2021 the acquisition of the Caritas Railcar from the Iowa Pacific Holding's...

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RRHMA to expand operations to Silvis, IL

SILVIS, Ill. (Jan 10, 2022) ­– Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RHMA) DBA: The Friends of the 261, will expand operations in the former National Railway Equipment (NRE) shop complex in Silvis, Ill. The 90-acre facility was once the main shop of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. The historic Rock Island Silvis facility has over ten miles of track. The main shop building is 400,000 square feet with multiple overhead cranes. The complex includes a wheel shop, warehouse...

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Friends of the 261 acquires private car Caritas

Caritas has traveled thousands of miles on excursions organized by car owners Clark Johnson and Nona Hill (pictured at left) through their company High Iron Travel. (Steve Glischinski)  MINNEAPOLIS – The Friends of the 261, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261, has purchased well-known private car Caritas, Friends of the 261 President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Sandberg tells Trains “News Wire.” Sandberg says the group acquired the car in a...

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