Steam locomotive excursions depart from the Midwest Central Railroad yard in Mount Pleasant, Iowa on a regular basis. Patrons relish at the opportunity to embark on a trip aboard an authentic steam locomotive. Knowledgeable staff members serve as tour guides for the facilities. Guests may meander around educational exhibits leisurely while awaiting station departure. A schedule of events is posted on the website.
Midwest Central Railroad has a fleet of quality restored steam locomotives available for excursions. A multitude of riders enjoy excursions on the steam locomotives owned by Midwest Central Railroad each year. Train buffs will delight over the two 2-6-0 Baldwins, 0-4-0T Henschel and the operational Shay engines. Volunteers maintain the steam locomotives. The railroad originated in 1959 as a tourist railroad.
- Baldwin No. 2: The Baldwin No. 2 was originally purchased in 1906 by New Berlin and Winfield Railroad. Midwest Central Railroad purchased the steam locomotive in 1960 and operated the engine until 1987. Currently, the train is being refurbished by volunteers at the railroad.
- Baldwin No. 6: A 2-6-0 Mogul, the Baldwin No. 6 was first owned by Surry Sussex and Southampton Railway. The 1891 steam engine was purchased by Midwest Central Railroad in 1960. The train was restored and adapted for oil during the 1980’s. Today, the engine is fully functional.
- Henschel No. 16: The Henschel No. 16 is a German locomotive assembled in 1951. The 0-4-0 engine was constructed by Henschel and Sons. Midwest Central Railroad jumped at the opportunity to purchase the train in 1982 when a tourist attraction in Detroit never came to fruition. The train is completely refurbished and operational.
- Shay No. 9: The Shay was purchased new by West Side Lumber Company in 1923 from Lima Locomotive Works. Midwest Central Railroad has been the proud owners of the Shay since 1966. The fully operational locomotive captures tourists' enthusiasm year after year.
*Photo courtesy of SP2472 by Todd Lappin at Flickr’s Creative Commons.