04 December 2013: That didn't last long! Once again, all of the seats have been sold. (Well, not "all" of the seats since one train has 1 open seat.)
03 December 2013: Riders for North Pole Express need to check in at the ticket office at the North Station about 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time to get their official tickets and receive their coach assignments for the train.
Part of the excitement of North Pole Express is being on the platform for the train's arrival (about 10 minutes before the next train's departure). If you are just driving into the parking area at this time, you will miss the arrival but will be able to step past No. 12, the Baldwin steam locomotive pulling the train.
Note to our potential riders who were not able to get their reservation before all the seats were sold: occasionally a reservation is canceled causing seats to reappear on our ticket service's website. The MCRR urges you to check the list of trains at the ticket service from time to time.
Go directly to our ticket service to make your reservations for the 2013 North Pole Express. See our North Pole Express page for more information about this event.
The Midwest Central Railroad brings the excitement of rail travel 100 years ago to life behind authentic steam powered trains. Join us in our enjoyable and educationally-rich endeavors for a future full of steam in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Our mission is to preserve and commemorate railway heritage for the educational benefit and enjoyment for current and future generations. We aim to accomplish this through live action of our engines and rolling stock as well as educational displays and tours of our operation. You can become a volunteer and share our enjoyment of history.
Support the Midwest Central Railway in three easy ways!
1. Help us "Fix the Six Two!" We have several easy ways to finance the assembly of this great locomotive.
2. Sign up for a no-fee MCRR Platinum VISA card.
...and you can still become a member!
04 September 2013: New for this year: the North Pole Express reservations will be online! We will also provide a toll-free number for making reservations. Reservations will start on November 1st.
"Dr. Bob" Anderson
Text and pictures from the February 21, 2013 Peoria Journal Star:
"Robert D. 'Bob' Anderson, age 80, of Peoria passed away at 6:16 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
"He was born Feb. 4, 1933, in Moline, Ill., to Melvin and Bernice (Schmoll) Anderson. He married Marlene Shambaugh 61 years ago on Feb. 2, 1952, in Geneseo, Ill.
"She survives, along with three daughters, Lynette Kay (Joseph) Dowell of Chula Vista, Calif., Suzette Marie (Michael) Long of Peoria and Doreen Yvette (Dave) Freckleton of Peoria; one son, Kurt Robert (Kandy) Anderson of Dunlap; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Loretta (Jim) Hohenboken of Coal City, Ill.
"Bob worked at John Deere Harvester in Moline, Ill. He worked at Caterpillar Inc. while attending Bradley University, majoring in mechanical engineering. He later became an industrial tool and die salesman, working 24 years for DoAll Rockford Company, retiring in 1983.
"He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
"Bob and Marlene are members of Grace Presbyterian Church. Bob was active in live steam clubs for many years. He built model live steam locomotives and tractors. He was a model train collector. "
Bob was an engineer at the Midwest Central Railroad in Mt. Pleasant, IA. Often referred to as "Dr. Bob," he was instrumental in the mechanical upkeep of the MCRR's steam locomotives.
14 January 2013: Updates to the "Events" page, "Contact Us" page, and "Video Links" page. Of special interest is the link on the "Video Links" page to photojournalist Matt Nelson's video on the rebuilding of No. 6.
03 December 2012: North Pole Express: We tied the two locomotives together for some spectacular action on Saturday, Dec 1. Have a look at this youtube video!
04 September 2012: Check the EVENTS page for more details, but to summarize:
1. The 2012 Old Threshers' Reunion is history! Plus, here are pictures from the event.
2. Midwest Haunted Rails (also known as "Ghost train") is Oct 12/13, 19/20, and 26/27.
3. North Pole Express is Nov 24, Dec 1/2, and Dec 8/9.
29 August 2012: 2012 Old Threshers' Reunion. The web lackey is working on the picture pages. (Actually, the web lackey is done with the OTR picture page.)
11 August 2012: MCRR President Matt Crull proudly runs the 12 across the rails in Mount Pleasant, IA!
01 August 2012: The Anderson Tooling, Inc., Facebook page noted that their staff was leaving for Silver Plume to fetch the 12!
16 July 2012: "Channel Gothpapa" at youtube posted this great video of the 9 working at the GLRR. Have a look!
14 July 2012: The 9 started pulling revenue loads at the GLRR. See the shop blog for a bunch of pictures of the 9 and the GLRR's 12.
26 June 2012: Long time MCRR member and mechanic extraordinaire Jim Bradley had knee surgery and will be at the Lemont Rehab Center. You can call or send a card to Jim at 12450 Walker Rd., Lemont, Il. 60439; telephone 630.243.0400.
07 May 2012: Firemen's School!
The MCRR is hosting its 2012 Firemen's School on Friday June 15 (19.00 - 22.00CDT), Saturday June 16 (09.00 - 18.00CDT), and Sunday June 17 (09.00 - 18.00CDT). The school is open to all MCRR members wishing to become a part of the MCRR's steam locomotive cab crew.
Participants must be MCRR members in good standing, must be at least 18 years old and must possess a valid US driver's license. The school will cost $60.00.
Attendance at this or a previous MCRR Firemen's School is compulsory for promotion from Student Fireman to Fireman.
Notice to current Cab Crew staff: you are welcome to attend this school as a refresher.
After successful completion of this school the MCRR encourages graduates to become an active cab crew member during all future operating events as a Student Fireman.
Contact the webmaster to enroll in this year's school; enrollment is limited to 12 students.
25 Feb 2012: The Anderson Tooling staff of Fairfield, IA, today delivered a Hurco SLV-40 CNC vertical machining center to the Midwest Central Railroad in Mount Pleasant, IA. A special thanks goes to Total Source Molders of Reinbeck, IA, for their generous donation. Special thanks also go to Anderson Tooling for providing rigging and transportation of the machine.
13 Feb 2012: NORTH POLE EXPRESS: The 2012 Departure Timetable is available. As in past years, reservations for the North Pole Express begin Mid October.
13 Feb 2012: The "EVENTS" page has been updated for the 2012 operation season, including the dates for Midwest Haunted Rails and North Pole Express.
09 Jan 2012: Several website updates: the "switchers" page has additional pictures and verbiage on the "squirt" and the D-9, and a link to a youtube video featuring the 14 has been added to that page plus the "video links" page.
14 Dec 2011: Per a facebook "friend" request, a set of Henschel pictures has been added to the locomotive's page.
26 Nov 2011: Minor changes to the North Pole Express and links pages, including a link to the Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum in Red Oak, IA.
09 Sep 2011: Pictures from the 2011 Old Threshers' Reunion available on this website.
August, 2011: The shop needed some cosmetic work.
Check the shop blog (here and here) for details.
27 May 2011: North Pole Express will operate on Saturday, Nov 26, along with the other 5 dates (2-3-4 Dec and 10-11 Dec)
16 May 2011: The MCRR is the recipient of a "slightly used" digital readout boring machine.Anderson Tooling Incorporated of Fairfield, Iowa, generously donated this item to enhance our extensive machine shop's capabilities.
10 May 2011: Blog updates for shop activities and the 9's refurbishing.
15 February 2011: Rescheduling of the Guest Engineer Program to 2012.
08 February 2011: Updates to the 9's webpage regarding its relocation to the GLRR. The links page has links to the Georgetown Loop RR.
30 November 2010: A link to the "official" MCRR facebook page appears on this page. Don't be fooled by imposters; this is the official page.
12 September 2010 (updated): The Old Threshers' Reunion is history but most important was the 6! With a concerted effort, the 6 was pulling trains during most of event. The shop blogger is putting together an entry for the 6's reassembly.
These three pictures (Sep, 2008; Jan, 2009, Sep, 2010) should illustrate what was happening in the last 24 months.
10 May 2010: The 6's boiler is back! This thumbnail picture...
Now, more than ever, we need to step up the fundraising campaign to get the 6 rolling under its own power. Go to the "Fix the Six" page and make a donation to get this beauty running again.
13 Jan 2010: The complete "Narrow Gauge on the Heartland" VHS history of the MCRR is now on YOUTUBE. The "VIDEO LINKS" page has all the links.
29 Aug 2009: FIX THE SIX will be at the Old Threshers' Reunion. Attendees at this year's Reunion will certainly wonder what happened to the Six. (Check the shop's weblog for details.)
The FIX THE SIX fundraising program participation will be available for visitors at the MCRR's Gift Shop at the South Station.
12 Aug 2008: The MCRR is the recipient of a Case Construction 590 Super M Series 2 Backhoe. Case Construction has made this generous donation to the Midwest Central Railroad for the purpose of track maintenance and operations support on all parts of the railroad.
29 Jul 2008: It's Back! (Well, not really; we never had it in the first place!) Our Shay's original number plate has found its way to the Midwest Central Railroad.
See a few more pictures of the number plate on the 9's information page.
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