RIDE SCHEDULE 2020

NOTICE: UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL FIRST IOWA DIVISION RIDES REQUIRE NARCOA INSURANCE AND ALL NARCOA RULES WILL APPLY.

NOTICE: In order to streamline our registrations at excursions and make less work for the EC on excursion day, the First Iowa Division has adopted a policy of pre-registration and payment. By doing so, the paperwork will be emailed out ahead of time to be printed off, signed, and returned along with payment to the EC in charge of the ride. Persons showing up without pre-registration and payment will be welcome but be assessed an extra $10 on top of the ride fee. Participants can receive a refund within one week prior to the excursion date minus a $5 handling fee if they must cancel.

Due to the uncertainty with the COVID-19 virus threat and NARCOA now cancelling excursions through June 15th, excursions after that date might also be affected. Watch this website for any updates as they become available.

APRIL 25, 2020 - BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD - BOONE, IOWA

CANCELLED!! We are starting out the 2020 ride season on the B&SVRR. We hope to have three trips during the day and possibly a night run. Enjoy the 156' high bridge and the Des Moines River bridge by the Y-Camp. Round trip mileage is about 20 miles round trip for each run. Set on at the depot will start at 7:00am with a 9:15am departure following a safety meeting in the depot at 9:00am for the first run.

Preregistration is waived for this excursion due to the uncertainty with the COVID-19 virus threat. The excursion fee is $30.00 USD and includes all railroad fees but does not include meals and motels. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Carl Schneider at motorcarlm9@gmail.com or if you do not use email, call at 515-494-4401. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($30 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

Current membership in the Iowa Railroad Historical Society ($25) is a railroad requirement. Please make out check for the IRHS to: Iowa Railroad Historical Society. Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion. Motels in Boone are the Super 8 (800-800-8000) and the Amerihost (515-432-8168).

For questions or further information contact Carl at (515) 494-4401 or by email (motorcarlm9@gmail.com)

June 20, 2020 - MINNESOTA PRAIRIE LINES - REDWOOD FALLS, MINNESOTA

CANCELLED!! First Iowa Division is hosting a 1-day motor car excursion over the Minnesota Prairie Line (ex M&StL) at North Redwood, MN beginning with a planned set-on (time TBA) Friday afternoon/evening, June 19, 2020. On Saturday June 20, set continues at 6:30 am and we will depart North Redwood at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am. We will travel from North Redwood to Norwood, MN and back with morning and afternoon breaks along the way and an on your own lunch at Green Isle, MN. We will visit the historical depot in Fairfax and enjoy the scenic Minnesota River Valley and traverse the Minnesota River Bridge twice. All insured NARCOA members are welcome to participate.
We will set on at Included in registration packet at TBA. Departure is scheduled for 8:30am.
Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 100 miles.
Hyrails permitted with the following restrictions: At the front of the group
The event is sponsored by First Iowa Division. NARCOA insurance and rules apply.
Additional information: Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. The excursion fee is $60.00 USD ($70 after June 11th) and includes all railroad fees but does not include Meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($60 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot. Motels: Redwood Lodge. Redwood Falls - 507-644-5700 (the recommended motel. They are offering us a special rate. When reserving, ask for the railroad excursion special); Quality Inn. Redwood Falls – 507-644-4444; Travelodge. Redwood Falls – 507-637-3456; The Vintage Inn Bed & Breakfast, Redwood Falls – 507-627-1875; Americas Best Value Inn, Morton MN (8 miles from set on) – 507-200-3355. Granite Falls Super Motel, Granite Falls – 320-564-4075; Viking Sundance Inn, Granite Falls - (320) 564-2411.
The price of the trip is $60. Price includes Ride fees, and does not include Meals and motels.
Event Coordinator: Dave Voeltz, Carl Schneider
Contact: Dave Voeltz
801 N. Harrison Ave.
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2303
Phone:605-280-5551
E-Mail: dvoeltz@pie.midco.net

June 21, 2020 - TWIN CITIES & WESTERN RAILROAD - SACRED HEART, MINNESOTA

CANCELLED!! First Iowa Division is hosting a 1-day motor car excursion over the Twin Cities & Western Railroad (ex Milwaukee Road) at Sacred Heart, MN on June 21, 2020. Set on begins at Sacred Heart at 6:30 am Sunday and we will depart at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am. We will travel from Sacred Heart to Appleton, MN and back including segments of traveling along the scenic Minnesota River Valley. We will stop for a short morning break outbound and a longer lunch break inbound at Montevideo where you can also visit the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center.All insured NARCOA members are welcome to participate. Participants will travel a total of appx 94 miles.

Hirails permitted with the following restrictions: Set on at the front immediately behind the RR escort

Additional information: Motels: Redwood Lodge. Redwood Falls - 507-644-5700 (the recommended motel. They are offering us a special rate. When reserving, ask for the railroad excursion special); Quality Inn. Redwood Falls – 507-644-4444; Travelodge. Redwood Falls – 507-637-3456; The Vintage Inn Bed & Breakfast, Redwood Falls – 507-627-1875; Americas Best Value Inn, Morton MN (8 miles from set on) – 507-200-3355.Granite Falls Super Motel, Granite Falls – 320-564-4075; Viking Sundance Inn, Granite Falls - (320) 564-2411. The price of the trip is $60. Price includes Ride fee, and does not include Meals and motels.

Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.The excursion fee is $60.00 USD ($70 after June 11th) and includes all railroad fees but does not include Meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($60 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net)

JULY 11, 2020 – ELLIS & EASTERN RAILROAD – LUVERNE, MINNESOTA

First Iowa Division is hosting a 1-day motor car excursion over the Ellis & Eastern Railroad (ex C&NW) at Luverne, MN on July 11, 2020. Set on begins Friday evening, July 10 on Freeman Ave near the depot at 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm and continues at 6:30 am on Saturday, July 11, 2020. We will depart at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am. We will travel from Luverne to Agate Jct and back in the morning with a break at Adrian. After a lunch break at Luverne, we will travel to Manly MN and back in the afternoon before setting off. All insured NARCOA members are welcome to participate. Participants will travel a total of appx 84 miles.

Hyrails are NOT permitted.

Additional information: Grandstay Hotel & Suites - (507) 449-4949; Super 8 - (507) 283-7442; Cozy Rest Motel - (507) 283-4461; Hillcrest Motel - (507) 283-2363. Other motels available in Brandon, MN.

Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the excursion. Please bring payment ($40 Check made out to First Iowa Division) on the day of the excursion.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net

JULY 12, 2020 – SISSTON & MILBANK RAILROAD – MILBANK, SOUTH DAKOTA

First Iowa Division is hosting a 1-day motor car excursion over the Sisseton Milbank Railroad (ex Milwaukee Road) at Milbank, SD on July 12, 2020. Set on begins Saturday evening, July 11 at the wye on West Milbank Ave at Milbank around 6:30 pm (after arrival from the Ellis & Eastern Excursion) and continues at 6:30 am on Sunday, July 12, 2020. We will depart at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am. We will travel from Milbank to Sisseton, SD and back. We will stop for a short break at Wilmot both ways and a longer break at Sisseton. All insured NARCOA members are welcome to participate. Participants will travel a total of appx 74 miles.

Hyrails are NOT permitted.

Additional information: Super 8 Milbank - (605) 432-9288; The Lantern Motel - (605) 432-4591; Manor Motel - (605) 432-4527. Other available in Big Stone, MN and Ortonville, MN.

Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the excursion. Please bring payment ($40 Check made out to First Iowa Division) on the day of the excursion.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net

JULY 25 & 26, 2020 - DAKOTA SOUTHERN RAILROAD - CHAMBERLAIN (OACOMA), SOUTH DAKOTA

First Iowa Division is hosting a 2-day motor car excursion over the Dakota Southern Railway (ex Milwaukee Road Railroad) at Oacoma, SD beginning with planned set-on Friday afternoon/evening, July 22, 2020. Set on continues at 6:30 am Saturday and we will depart at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am. We will travel from Oacoma to appx. 1 mile west of Mitchell and back with a break at White Lake outbound and inbound and an on your own lunch at a trackside convenience store at Mt Vernon. Gas is also available there. Sunday we will depart at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am and travel to Presho and back with a break at Kennebec both outbound and inbound. Upon returning to Oacoma in the early afternoon, participants can either set off or take a quick trip across the Missouri River Bridge and back.before setting off. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 210 miles.

Hirails permitted at the front of the excursion behind the escort.

Additional information: Quality Inn Oacoma - (605) 734-5593. They are offering us a special rate. When reserving, ask for the railroad excursion special; Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Oacoma - (605) 234-4222;; Days Inn Oacoma - (605) 734-4100; Baymont InnOacoma - (605) 215-5766; Others in Chamberlain, SD (Across the Missouri River)

Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. The excursion fee is $80.00 USD ($90 after July 16th) and includes all railroad fees but does not include Meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($80 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net)


Aug. 15, 2020 - IOWA NORTHERN RAILROAD- ROCKFORD, IOWA


Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Preregistration ends Aug. 6th and the registration packet must be postmarked by Aug. 8th. Requests for registration refunds will be honored until Aug. 8th less a $5 processing fee. The excursion fee is $60.00 USD ($70 after Aug. 8th) and includes all railroad fees but does not include meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Carl Schneider at motorcarlm9@gmail.com or if you do not use email, call at 515-494-4401. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($60 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Carl at (515) 494-4401 or by email (motorcarlm9@gmail.com)

There are no motels in Rockford but there are plenty of choices in Mason City (20 miles) or Charles City (14 miles). Check the city websites for motels available.

Sept. 4 & 5, 2020 - RED RIVER VALLEY & WESTERN RAILROAD - LAMOURE, NORTH DAKOTA

First Iowa Division is hosting a 2 day excursion from Lamoure, ND to Edgeley ND and back Friday evening and from Lamoure to Milnor, ND and back on Saturday. On Friday, set on is scheduled to start at 4 pm and departure is scheduled at the conclusion of our safety meeting that begins at 6:30 pm. On Saturday set on begins at 6:30 am for late arrivals and we will depart Lamoure Saturday morning at the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am. There will be a morning and afternoon break at Oaks, ND. Bring your own food and drink as no food service will be arranged due to the COVID protocols. Nearby bathrooms will be available at our breaks. We will turn our cars and return to Lamoure after lunch. We will then set off and travel to Britton, SD for the DMVWRR excursion for those registered. Approximate round trip mileage for this excursion is 160 miles.

Hirails permitted with the following restrictions: Set on at the front immediately behind the RR escort.

Additional information: The only motel in LaMoure is the Travel Inn Lodge 701-883-5373.

Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. The excursion fee is $60.00 USD and includes all railroad fees but does not include meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($60 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net)


Sept. 6 & 7, 2020 - DMV&W RAILROAD - BRITTON, SOUTH DAKOTA

First Iowa Division is hosting a 2-day motor car excursion over the Aberdeen Subdivision of the Dakota Missouri Valley& Western Railroad (ex-Great Northern Railroad), at Britton, SD. Set on begins Saturday evening, Sept. 6 around 6 pm and continues at 6:30 am on Sunday, Sept. 6 , 2020. We will depart Britton Sunday following the conclusion of the safety meeting that starts at 8:30 am and travel to east of Aberdeen and return. Details are being finalized for breaks and will be posted here when completed. We will arrive back in Britton mid afternoon for a break and will then depart at 4:45 pm for Geneseo, ND. Bring your own food and drink as no food service will be arranged due to the COVID protocols. Nearby bathrooms will be available at our breaks. We will turn there and return to Britton for the evening. Monday morning we will repeat our trip to Geneseo and back before setting off.

Hirails permitted with the following restrictions: At the front of the group.

Additional information: Northern Lights Inn - 605-448-2438 Sunset Motel 800-201-2205 or 605-448-2205. Tyler's Motel 605-448-5723.

Due to uncertainty with the Covid 19 Virus, prepayment will not be required. However, pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. The excursion fee is $60.00 USD and includes all railroad fees but does not include meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($60 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net)


Sept. 18-19, 2020 - BLACK HILLS CENTRAL RAILROAD - HILL CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA

First Iowa Division is hosting a 2-day motor car excursion over the Black Hills Central Railroad (ex CB&Q) at Hill City, SD on Sept. 18&19, 2020. Set on begins approx at 1:15 pm MST Friday (after departure of the afternoon steam train) and continues until the start of our safety meeting at 3:00 pm. We will depart following the return of the steam train and make two round trips to Hill City. Set on will resume Friday evening by appointment and Saturday morning at 5:30 am until the start of our safety meeting at 6:30 am. There will be 4 round trips on Saturday with 2 trips operating in conjunction with the steam train. There will be an on your own picnic at the siding at Oblivion during the third trip. This is a mountain railroad with up to 7 percent grades. 2 cycle operators must be experienced in mountain travel. NO MENTORING WILL BE ALLOWED. All insured NARCOA members are welcome to participate. Participants will travel a total of approx 108 miles. There is a limit of 24 cars due to siding limitations.

Hirails are NOT permitted.

Additional information:Hill City, SD included but are not limited to: Super 8 - 605-574-4141. Special $69 per night rate. When reserving, ask for the railroad excursion special. 25 rooms are blocked off until Labor Day, after that, the rate will be honored if rooms available; Holiday Inn Express - 605-574-4040; Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites - 605-547-2577; Quality Inn - 605-574-2100. Other available in Keystone as well.

Preregistration is required but last minute participants will be accepted. Preregistration ends Sept 10th and the registration packet must be postdated by Sept 12th. Requests for registration refunds will be honored until Sept 10th less a $5 processing fee. The excursion fee is $80.00 USD ($90 after Sept 10th) and includes all railroad fees but does not include Meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Dave Voeltz at dvoeltz@pie.midco.net or if you do not use email, call at 605-280-5551. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($80 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Dave at (605) 280-5551 or by email (dvoeltz@pie.midco.net

Oct. 10, 2020 - FT. LEONARD WOOD ARMY BASE - ST. ROBERT, MO.

CANCELLED!! First Iowa Division is hosting a 1-day motorcar excursion on the Fort Leonard Wood Railroad in St. Robert, Missouri on Saturday, October 10th, 2020. Set on begins at 7:00 AM on Fort Leonard Wood Military Base. We will depart following the conclusion of the safety meeting that will be held at 9:00 AM. We will travel North to Bundy Junction, MO once in the morning and once in the afternoon for a total of 80 round trip miles. For those wishing to ride both round trips, it is recommended you bring your own lunch as there are no facilities nearby to purchase one. All insured Narcoa members are welcome to participate.

We will try to be back at the set on by 3:00 PM for those wishing to drive to the Columbia Terminal excursion that is taking place the next day.

No Mentoring. High rails are only allowed upon prior approval by the EC - Stuart Remmers.

There are plenty of hotels in St. Robert. The most popular ones have been Red Roof Inn - (573) 336-2510, Quality Inn - (573) 451-2535, Americas Best Value Inn - (573) 451-3100, Super 8 - (573) 451-2888

****IMPORTANT, PLEASE THE BELOW CAREFULLY****

This ride has a 25-car limit, Pre-registration is required. Your payment is your reservation.

To register, mail a $50 check (made out to: First Iowa Division) to:

Stuart Remmers

1022 Augusta Dr.

Seward, NE 68434

Upon receiving payment, a packet containing a registration form, instructions, set on details, maps, and all other information will be emailed to you. Everyone (including passengers) will be required to fill out and return the base registration form to me.

This is an active Military Base. All participants (including passengers) are required to sign in at the base welcome center by 8:00PM the evening before the excursion. Registration will be accepted until Friday, September 4th, 2020.

Sign up ends on September 1st. After that we cannot accept anyone else as we need time to process the paperwork (see above).

Because of the work it takes to register everyone, refunds less a $5 processing fee will be granted on or before September 1st. No refunds will be given after September 1st, 2020.

For questions or further information contact Stuart Remmers at (402)-362-7891 or by email at stremmers@hotmail.com.

Oct. 10, 2020 - COLUMBIA TERMINAL (COLT) RAILROAD - COLUMBIA, MO.

First Iowa Division is hosting a 1-day motorcar excursion on the Columbia Terminal Railroad in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday, October 10th, 2020. Set on begins at 7:00 AM at the COLT transload facility. We will depart following the conclusion of the safety meeting that will be held at 8:30 AM. The round trip mileage is 30 miles, and we intend to ride at least 4 trips for 120 miles total. They currently have cars stored south of the set on so we will not be able to go south of the set on towards downtown this year. We are currently working out lunch details. We have also been approved to have an evening run on Saturday night. All insured NARCOA members are welcome to participate. The excursion fee is $50.00 USD and includes all railroad fees but does not include meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

If you plan on attending, please contact the EC so I can send you the paperwork and notify you of and changes that may happen.

Hirails are NOT permitted. Mentoring only allowed upon prior approval by the EC - Stuart Remmers.

There are plenty of hotels south of the set on along I-70 in Columbia. A few popular ones are: Super 8 Clark Lane - (573) 474-8488, Motel 6 - (573) 815-0123, Quality Inn and Suites - (573) 449-4422, Wingate by Wyndham - (573) 817-0500, and Ramada - (573) 234-4459.

To register, e-mail Stuart Remmers at stremmers@hotmail.com or if you do not use email, call at 402-362-7891. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($50 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

For questions or further information contact Stuart Remmers at (402)-362-7891 or by email at stremmers@hotmail.com.


NOV. 7, 2020 - BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY RAILROAD - BOONE, IOWA

We are ending the 2020 ride season on the B&SVRR. We hope to have three trips during the day and possibly a night run. Enjoy the 156' high bridge and the Des Moines River bridge by the Y-Camp. Round trip mileage is about 20 miles round trip for each run. Set on at the depot will start at 7:00am with a 9:15am departure following a safety meeting in the depot at 9:00am for the first run.

Preregistration is required but last minute participants will be accepted. Preregistration ends Oct. 29th and the registration packet must be postmarked by Nov. 1st. Requests for registration refunds will be honored until Oct. 29th less a $5 processing fee. The excursion fee is $30.00 USD ($40 after Nov. 1st) and includes all railroad fees but does not include meals and motels. Complete details will be sent upon receipt of the excursion fee. This is a NARCOA-insured excursion and all NARCOA rules will apply.

To register, e-mail Carl Schneider at motorcarlm9@gmail.com or if you do not use email, call at 515-494-4401. The registration packet, which includes the registration form and waivers, will be emailed to you to be printed off, filled out, and returned along with payment ($30 Check made out to: First Iowa Division) to reserve your spot.

Current membership in the Iowa Railroad Historical Society ($25) is a railroad requirement. Please make out check for the IRHS to: Iowa Railroad Historical Society. Carl Schneider is the EC for this excursion. Motels in Boone are the Super 8 (800-800-8000) and the Amerihost (515-432-8168).

For questions or further information contact Carl at (515) 494-4401 or by email (motorcarlm9@gmail.com)



Additional FID requirements:

1. No trailers on any FID ride.

2. All model cars that came with factory lift handles must have them installed.


The First Iowa Division and its officers assume no responsibility for any property damage or personal injury which may occur on a First Iowa Division sponsored excursion.