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BOONE SCENIC VALLEY

“ALL ABOARD” THE BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD AND JAMES ANDREW MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 

A leisurely bus ride, the beautiful colors of autumn in Iowa, and the nostalgic joy of a train ride, what more might a Lifelong Learner want to experience? “All aboard” the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad; enjoy a wonderful, relaxing ride and catered lunch on the train. 

The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad (marked BSVY) is a heritage railroad that operates the freight and excursions through the spectacular Boone County valley. 

The excursion railroad began in 1983 by a group of volunteers wanting to preserve the scenic route of the former Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad (FDDMC). The original track was built in the 1890s and electrified in 1907. After flooding damage in 1954, the railroad turned to diesel equipment for its trains. In 1983, the Scenic Boone Railroad Historic Society (2,255 charter members) purchased a section of the line for $50,000. The section of track winds through the Des Moines River Valley and across a 156-foot-tall bridge spanning Bass Point Creek. The line runs from Boone, through the old coal mining town of Fraser, and ends at the site of the former junction with the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad at Wolf, Iowa. This round-trip takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes. Above all, don’t forget your cameras! 

We will also visit the James H. Andrew Museum and History Center and Gift Shop before heading back home. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15; 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M. 
Location: Park in Parking Lot 2B. The bus will arrive at 7:45 a.m. for boarding. 
Fee: $99 (includes ticket, meal, and transport) 
Max: 53 / Min: 24
Lifelong Learning membership required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-3006-01 
Waiver #20/FY-CPDV-3006-02 

*Early registration is strongly recommended. Full payment is due on booking. For an additional fee of $25, you may purchase the cancellation waiver which provides a refund of the trip price at any time for any reason. We regret that there can be no refunds unless you have purchased the waiver. The waiver must be purchased at the time of the ticket purchase.

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