Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote public understanding of the history of railroading in the Midwest. RRHMA accomplishes this goal by preserving, restoring, operating and interpreting historic locomotives and rail cars. We were founded in 1991, and since then we’ve become a leader in the world of historic rail preservation through various restoration and excursion efforts.

RRHMA owns a fleet of historic railroad passenger cars, built between 1945 and 1964, upgraded with the latest mechanical appliances and modern amenities that you would find in today’s luxury hotels. We operate a number of rail excursions and charters every year, handling all the logistics. We also offer these services to other passenger car owners- with RRHMA running your trips, all you have to do is enjoy the adventure.


Come join RRHMA for a free Summer of Safety open house where #6936 will be on display. Learn what to be aware of when around railroad property and equipment from our local Silvis Operation Lifesaver Safety team. With a small donation, you may also take a short ride behind the world’s largest diesel locomotive on our Fast Track at Silvis. The Fast Track is where locomotives are tested before heading off to their new assignments or homes. This track extends to the far reaches of both ends of the property.


2023 September Update

September 2023 UpdateAnother first for RRHMA! After spending the majority of this year in the paint booth, Southern Pacific business car Stanford was rolled outside for the first time in August in fresh two-tone Southern Pacific Gray, bringing new life to the car,...

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2023 July Update

July 2023 UpdateThings have been busy the last couple months at the RRHMA shop in Silvis. National Railway Equipment (NRE) has been working on Centennial DDA40X diesel #6936, making any repairs necessary to bring it back to operational condition. Work continues on...

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2023 April Update

April 2023 UpdateHere are a few of the many things that have been happening in the past month at Railroading Heritage of Midwest America Silvis:  Union Pacific 2-10-2 No. 5511 has had its boiler flue tubes removed. Over the upcoming months its boiler will be cleaned...

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