Mandan News

Museum hosting Railroad Days

The public is invited on Sunday, Aug. 25, to visit the North Dakota Railroad Museum for Railroad Days, taking place from 1 to 5 p.m.
There will be a day full of special activities, including a Hobo Banquet, serving hot dogs, brats, and beans from 1 to 3 p.m.
There will be a Live Steam Presentation by Ed Duke of Hensler, giving rides to boys and girls all day on the “Sky Line Railway.”
Other special events include a Speeder Display and Demonstrations by John Beck and Jerry Olson; Modelers are invited to have questions answered; and Railroad Old Timers will be present to visit with and tell old railroad stories.
Come and enjoy and view new displays in the NP and Hall of Fame Building and the RR Maintenance of Way Shop.
At 4 p.m. Lloyd A. Nelson, a Northern Pacific Railroad agent and telegrapher of Valley City, will be inducted into the North Dakota Railroad Hall of Fame.
Nelson started in 1958 as a telegrapher and worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad, then the Burlington Northern after the merger with the Great Northern Railroad and others, then with the BNSF Railroad. He retired in 1998 after serving as administrative assistant to three Regional Supervisors (Bridges and Building, Maintenance and Equipment).
Nelson and his wife, Donna, have held a yearly railroad field trip for Valley City second-graders for the past 18 years. They taught them about trains and how then operate; about a telegrapher job and about safety around trains and equipment.
Nelson served in the North Dakota National Guard for 30 years with service during the Desert Storm and retired in 1992 as Command Sergeant Major and received the North Dakota Legion of Merit.
The day will also include a Railroad Photo Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in two divisions: Early Railroading Division (photos prior to 1970) and the Modern Railroading Division (photos after 1970). Individuals interested in submitting should bring the photo to the Railroad Days by 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.
The museum is located off Interstate 94 at exit 152, and north on Old Red Trail to 37th Street. Follow the RR Museum Signs. Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.
For questions, call the museum at 663-9322.