Construction Projects – HISTORY UNDER RECONSTRUCTION!
With the assistance of Federal and State Transportation Enhancement grants, Vision Iowa Grant Funding, Woodbury County, City of Sioux City, Losses Hills Tourism Bureau, Iowa State Historical Society, Missouri River Historical Development, and local donations from hundreds of visitors, community business leaders and members we are going to:
1. Construction Development Phase V – (Fall-Spring 2017 -2018)
- 15 inch Railroad – A 15-inch gauge operating railroad will be installed on an approximately 1 1/2 mile loop to provide transportation in a fun and quick manner around the fenced-in area of the historic district. Starting with a replica 1st generation gas-powered F7 locomotive and 3 passenger cars all painted to resemble the Milwaukee Roads Midwest Hiawatha passenger train that used to provide service to Sioux City. The passenger cars will seat for 12 people each and the observation car on the back will also be handicap accessible and have space for two wheelchairs. A long-range plan a few years down the road yet is to bring in and operate a live steam locomotive for this train also for all to enjoy.
2. Construction Development Phase VI – (2016-2018)
- Big Sioux River Trail – In conjunction with the Sioux City River Trail System and the Stone State Park header trail which will run down along Iowa State Hwy 12 we are providing a crossover trail to connect the trails into one continuous trail system for the enjoyment and health benefits of the entire community.
- Milwaukee Railroad Shops Interpretative Trail System – A new paved trail system for our visitors interconnecting all the buildings and other sites of interest around the complex. The new trail will provide a nice smooth, easy walking, level, non-muddy trail for all to enjoy.
- Entrance Drive and Parking Lot
3. Construction Development Phase VIII (2016-2018)
- This phase of construction will be primarily focused on the roundhouse building. The scope of work will include; new external wood locomotive bay doors for bays 2 thru 6 and another door at the front end of bay 4 and internal metal roll-up doors behind each of these – preserving the historic look while increasing security, internal lighting for bays 3-6, electrical installations throughout bays 3- 6, a new external wood wall for bay 6, window repairs as required, complete external painting of the roundhouse woodwork in its entirety and finally electrical and lighting installations into the machine/blacksmith shop building.