Chicago Great Western & Rock Island preservation in northeastern Iowa

The Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum
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116-A coming back to life
After stretching her legs for what easily could have been the final time more than 30 years ago, CGW 116-A was recently fired up once again.

On the evening of Friday, August 14, 2015, new life was breathed into the long dormant unit.

Darrin Smith captured video of the event.  Be sure to check it out below!

Thank you to Rob Schreiner for sharing the following pictures from August 14th, 2015!

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While this is a tremendous step in the right direction, there is more work ahead.  If you would like to make a contribution to be used for the resurrection of the 116-A, please click the "Donate" button below. 

Thank you!

The Chicago Great Western's Oelwein locomotive and car repair shops under construction in 1898.
From the collection of Jim Rueber


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Dustin D. Smith, Dana Smith, Ed Raye, William Mundt and Loren Karr

Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway Museum

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