Welcome to the E J & K Railway!

The E. J. & K. Railway is a 1/8th scale model railroad located in rural Boone County, Iowa. The railroad consists of approximately 9,100 feet of 7 1/2" gauge railroad track. Construction started in 1990 and will be completed sometime before 2050.
  We have operated steam service continuously at least once a month since March, 2003.   Model railroaders, neighbors, and live steamers are always welcome. It is NOT open to the general public.  Call 515-232-7740 for directions.

All steam operations are subject to Mother Nature's approval. No operations during severe weather conditions.

2018 Schedule:

"Dispatch Day" is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018 subject to Mother Nature's approval.  Gate will be open around 9:00am, trains will start running around 10:00am and will stop running some time in the afternoon.  If you want an assigned position, send me an email; otherwise the general manager will decide the assignments.

2018 Work Schedule
Thursdays and Sundays will usually be steam and work days. We have marked 330 ties to replace and about 300 feet of rail that needs replacement. We start around 1000am, finish around 300pm or when we get tired.  If you want to be on the mailing list, send a note to bob@bournetransit.com.

If you are coming a long distance, call 515-232-7740 or send an
e-mail to bob @ bournetransit.com.  

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who will monitor their behavior and be responsible for their safety.

Read the most recent updates about the farm on Mother Nature's Blog.

We try to model realistic derailments as well as realistic operations

Builder's Photo: Bob built the car and Bob painted it.
This is the water car to give the Hudson additional 
water tank capacity.

Congestion was common during the timetable operation
typical of prototype railroads, hurry up and wait.

October, 2016

CGW 85 has been a frequent winter locomotive

15 years of consecutive monthly steam was completed
in March, 2018.

It took a little over three years to build 724 (finished in 1986) and she still can still look pretty. However. she is showing her age.  Like her owner, her cab is sagging, she emits unexpected odors, leaks occasionally, takes longer to get fired up, likes short trains and short days; but, can still get up a full head of steam, can get around the railroad, and usually stays on track.

The Geeps were out late at night on May 5 with a full moon

5343 has been returned with a new boiler and several other improvements.

I was talking to Garrison Keillor and he mentioned that
his father was an RPO mail clerk on the Great Northern
working out of Minneapolis.

Jonathan passed Milepost 67  and also qualified on 
NYC 5343.

Berne passed Milepost 75 with CGW 319

Air hose project took 23 years and 15 minutes to complete

Bob at MP 68 with his IC Geep

Frequent log trains this winter after taking down many 
invasive Siberian elms. If you want some good firewood
come out and take it away.