Celebrating 142 years of rail passenger services coast to coast as the transcontinental Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways came together on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, the "golden spike" was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles.
Join us as Red Oak celebrates its rich railroad history.
In 1903 when the CB&Q (Chicago, Burlington & Quincy) Railroad Depot was completed, it was a model of modern convenience linking Red Oak Iowa to more urban communities in worlds totally different from life here on the prairie. Rural communities were virtually inaccessible by any method of transportation until lifelines of railroads joined them to more metropolitan societies.
Re-dedicated 20 DEC 2003, on the 100th anniversary of the first dedication, The Restored Burlington Northern Depot now houses a WWII Memorial Museum, dedicated to all those who served in the Second World War, whether on the front lines (1,100 active duty service participants were from Montgomery County Iowa) or the home front.
During WWII, the citizens of Montgomery County Iowa lost more men per capita than any other county in the United States. Active service participants were assigned to Company F (Villisca – organized JUN 1861) and Company M (Red Oak – organized MAY 1879). During WWII, both units were part of the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th (“Red Bull”) Infantry Division.
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RED OAK NATIONAL TRAIN DAY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Great! . . . Lets Get Started, On Red Oak National Train Day 2013 Planning.
To become a Committee Member.... Provide your:
Red Oak National Train Day Association herein establishes Statewide Rail Line Community National Train Day Events, under the National Train Day Resolution established goals that contribute to enrichment of rail line communities of State of Iowa toward our mission and organizational development:
IOWA NATIONAL TRAIN DAY ASSOCIATION, is seeking Red Oak Area & State of Iowa residents, business professionals, merchants, railway personnel and other qualified citizens, to take a chair, as community advisers, who will elect representatives to chair the "RED OAK NATIONAL TRAIN DAY COMMITTEE" and participate in preparations, organization and planning for the "RED OAK TRAIN DAY CELEBRATION"
Citizens interested in volunteering time and expertise in major event planning are to "Email Resumes" and "Letter of Professional Expertise in Event Planning" to:
RED OAK, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, IOWA recognizing the vast diversity, economic development, productivity and contributes to City of Red Oak's growth that railway transportation system, networks and services has provided City of Red Oak Iowa. Where our citizens and commerce needs for effective and efficient railway transportation throughout the North American Continent, keeps this great city a spirit among international and national economy moving, and strengthens the State of Iowa's mobility and security.
DURING RED OAK'S RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION MONTH and during Red Oak's Railway Transportation Day, all State Iowa Railways, including All Railroads and North American Continent Railway Systems, Private and Public Passenger are encourage to board trains of all kinds past and present traveling to "" in Red Oak,Iowa. Celebrate with the citizen of Red Oak how modern railway transportation has transformed this city and recognize the men and women who have contributed to its progress. As the City of Red Oak renews the commitment to increasing railway transportation productivity and commerce of all kinds to keeping City of Red Oak railway transportation system on the leading edge of importance as "".
CITY OF RED OAK'S CENTURY OF RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION system of commerce and productivity transports our citizens and delivers a wide range of goods throughout the State of Iowa to the Nations of the North American Continent and the world imports and exports. In times of national and state concerns of the century, the railway transportation system also moved troops, passengers and carried materials and general cargo in war, in disasters, in peace time tranquilly efficiently and effectively. The City of Red Oak's Heritage in preserving and enhancing the next railway century of transportation systems. Rail line community commerce resources makes the railway infrastructure, to facilitates growth in business and industry, creates employment opportunities, secures the State of Iowa future, and improves the quality of life for citizens of Red Oak, Montgomery county, Iowa and all rail line communities served.
TO SUSTAIN RED OAK'S RAILWAY HERITAGE & FUTURE ADVANTAGES,must continue to invest in Red Oak's and improve all rail line communities in Iowa's railway transportation systems. By enhancing existing rail line community tracks, rail yard, locomotives, freight and passenger railcars, with connecting transit centers to highways, waterways, and airports, to improve fuel-efficiency and locomotive emissions reduction. The City of V, Iowa has the determination to foster railway programs and services to work towards improving all kinds of railway commerce, protecting the city's environment, and furthering State of Iowa railway economy.
THE GREAT (Red Oak railraod hero or historical personage "entered here")
is the name honored by citizens of Red Oak for the spirit is still alive, working towards strengthening environmental protections throughout city by improving railway transportation systems and services. Railway Transportation was designed to increase mobility of citizens while maintaining the flow of freight goods and passenger services crossing Red Oak connecting rail line communities; our comprehensive city transportation plan includes improving railroad and railway infrastructure and services of all kinds. Red Oak is a "" to make proud that Red Oak has become a "". By this spirit of Red Oak welcomes historical or new, of all kinds, passenger and freight, private railcars, railway event and tour, corporate, steam power, and museum trains from all parts of the North American Continent or the world to signal train's conductor's call: "ALL BOARD" next stop "".