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Boone Welcome Train Project

Welcome Train Project Goals:

  • Repaint, refurbish and relocate 2-8-0 Steam Engine, Tender and Passenger car that have been donated by the BSVRR to a resting spot on Hwy 30th and S Story Street
  • Have the words “Welcome to Boone” painted on the tender, greeting travelers at the 4-way stop encouraging them to visit.
  • Make this one of the most distinct landmarks anywhere along Hwy 30 and to promote our town’s Railroad Heritage.
  • The Welcome Train has been moved!  Visit our Boone, IA Rotary Club Facebook page for live video of the move that took place in July 2020.  We are currently working on raising funds for Phase 2 of the project that includes signage, landscaping, lighting, a walkway with benches,  informational kiosk, etc.  Please see below for donor information.

If you would like to donate please contact any Boone Rotarian or mail those tax-deductible donations to:

Rotary Club of Boone/Welcome Train
PO Box 532
Boone, IA  50036


If you have questions or would like additional information please email

Be sure to check back regularly or like our Facebook page for updates!

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Thank You to All of our Donors

Pullman Society Donors
($5000 and above)

Fareway Meat & Grocery
Boone Scenic Valley Railroad
Prairie Meadows
Fox Engineering
Leonard A Good Trust
Boone County Endowment Fund
City of Boone Hotel/Motel Grant
Rotary District 6000 Community Grant
Steve & Lesley Dakin
Dave & Lisa Cook
Boone Farmer’s Mutual
Moffitt’s Ford Dealership
Thompson Financial
Boone Vision Center/Jeff & Sue Anderson
Brian and Laura Mehlhaus
Sally Courter
Boone County F.O.R.C.E
Iowa DNR Community Forestry Grant
Elmquist Towing Company


Porter Level Donors

Jane Hitsman
Andrew Nelson
Randy & Marcia Purdy
Richard & Mary Youngblood
Robert & Susan Herrick
Cody & Beth Bowers
Ruth Jean Bielfelt
Paul and Clarissa Jacobson
Jeremy Anderson/Anderson Performance
Vern Condon
Janelle Patterson
Des Mointrack Model Railroad Club
Don Lester

Engineer Level Donors
($1000-$4999 and above)

Mary Dufelmeier
21st Century Rehab, P.C.
Joel & Jamie Williams
Boone Bank & Trust Co
Ruth & the late Lynn Abbott
Sam & Tish Germer
U.S. Bank
Betten & Associates
Casey’s General Stores
Alliant Energy
R38 Dustless Mobile Blasting
James and Jacque Andrew
Steve and Sue Gradoville
Brett & Lisa Mount
Joe & Linda Bowers
Berghorst & Son Inc.
Stecker Concrete Inc
Bill and Donna Greenley

Steward Level Donors

Paul & Nancy Jacobsen
Randy & Joyce Patterson
Sara Morton
Tom & Carol Narak
Shellie Grabau/Edward Jones
Chad & Megan Houston
Night Owl Printing
Pete & Mary Bilden
Bill & Diane Curran
Robert and Bonnie Atherton
Daniel and Sandra Buss
Thomas and Janet Putnam
Dan and J.K. Froning
Tony and Patty Mack
Chris and Vernette Knapp
Joyce Rouse
Don and Brenda Romig
Gary and Pam Luna
David Keller CPA, PC
Dee Williams
Boone Construction
Byron and Becki Rippke
Mailou Krumm
Danny and Tammy Elthon
Loren and Lisa Nalean
Mary Nerem
George Eckstein
Janet Schultz
Michael and Lori McKim
Jim and Pat Henkel
William and Linda Tubbs
Jeffrey & Margaret Courter
Jason and Lora Herrstrom

Conductor Level Donors
($500-$999 and above)

Tim Trudeau
Eldon & Ann Hutcheson
Matt & Angela Elthon
CDS Global
Nancy Sloan
Craig and Lois Downs
Dr. Dennis and Patricia Kollbaum
In Memory of Les Meadows
IMT Insurance Company
Nerem & Associates Real Estate and Insurance
Wal-Mart Foundation
2020 Boone Co. Chamber of Commerce Board