Railroad Days

September 24, 2022, in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Mark your calendar for 2022 Railroad Days at Mile Zero!

Moving from July to September 24th

Railroad Days is an annual celebration of all things train and track, and this year, all the fun will be happening in Council Bluffs! Celebrate CB's rich railroad heritage and place in history as historic Mile Zero for Union Pacific Railroad. There will be numerous train-themed activities and locations to visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022. 

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment (PACE), the Historic General Dodge House, and the Historic 100 Block of Council Bluffs are again teaming up to offer this annual event. Kids will be excited to ride the trollies to each participating location and to take part in numerous hands-on activities with interactive technology and exhibits that explore the vast world of the railroad! 

Get Your Tickets

Passes for the family event are $10 per group, which includes two adults and unlimited children under 18. An additional adult pass can be purchased for $5. Passes may be purchased in advance online and can be redeemed the day of the event at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, where each person will receive a wristband that allows you unlimited rides on the trolleys and admission to both the RailsWest Railroad Museum and the Historic General Dodge House. 

Purchase Tickets

Railroad Days wrist bands also come with discounts and other benefits throughout Council Bluffs! Stay tuned for more details. 

Take a Ride on our Trolley! 

Trolley #1

Ollie the Trolley will transport ticket holders to all venues from 9:00- 5:00 pm on September 24, 2022. The trolley will depart and arrive on Pearl Street in front of the Union Pacific Museum and will take visitors on the Council Bluffs loop to all venues except Golden Spike Park. 

Visitors may take their own transportation to all venues, but please note that parking may be limited.

UNleash Railroad Fun!

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Visitors will discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents, and equipment from more than 150 years of our nation's most ambitious endeavors – including constructing the transcontinental railroad and settling the West. Among the most popular museum exhibits are "America Travels by Rail," which celebrates the height of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln's rail car and funeral; and an exhibit that features the technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader.

New for 2022 explore the newest addition to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s roster of traveling exhibits, “Sun Valley and the Railroad,” exploring the railroad’s rich history with America’s first ski destination, then join us on the museum's lawn for outdoor activities featuring local partners and fun for all ages.

Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center

The Pottawattamie Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Center will be lively with interactive railroad-themed activities during Railroad Days! With hands-on offerings such as repairing train cogs, drawing futuristic trains, building trains from random items, and so much more, there's plenty of fun to have for the entire family. 

RailsWest Railroad Museum

The RailsWest Railroad Museum, located in the historic Rock Island Depot, features displays and artifacts from the numerous rail lines that passed through Council Bluffs. Outside in the train yard, visitors are invited to climb aboard the old steam engines, walk through the Omaha Club Car that stopped in Council Bluffs, or imagine themselves riding along behind the train in the 1918 cupola style caboose, or in the 1967 bay window style caboose. 

Visitors can also be a part of the 2nd Annual Live Garden Scale Steam Up in the train yard! There's always plenty to see and do while visiting the RailsWest Railroad Museum. 

Historic General Dodge House

Railroad Day guests will be asked to begin their Dodge House experience at the Beresheim House, just south of the Dodge House. Here, guests will be able to enjoy a brand new orientation video, appreciate local history displays, our two gift shops, and more. Next, guests will be able to rest in the shade and enjoy bottled water, hotdogs, hamburgers, and chips.  After guests have finished their food (no food allowed in the Dodge House museum), they will be engaged by Civil War reenactors, a working Civil War Cannon, enjoy live music, and a tour of the Historic General Dodge House.

Historic 100 Block of West Broadway

Come down to the Historic 100 Block of West Broadway for a variety of food and drink specials during Railroad Days! 

Thank You to Our Sponsors! 


Railroad Days is made possible thanks to the generous support of Union Pacific Railroad and a grant provided by the Iowa West Foundation.