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.

Next Dispatch Day will be in 2020.

We will have a dispatcher with bi-directional operation.  Card system will be used for car assignment.  Engineers and conductors will be needed on passenger and freight trains.  We will run through freights from turntable to turntable, swapping blocks of cars at each terminal.  There will be a local switch job and one or two through passenger trains.

Winter Steam Schedule:

Gun season is Dec. 7-11; Dec. 14-22. Non-resident gun season is Dec. 24 to Jan. 2.  All visitors required to wear safety vests when outdoors

Emergency Steam Day, Dec. 21:  Nice weather for December, pagan holiday, earth is tilted as far as possible away from sun.  All great excuses for steam - 1000am to 300pm.

Wed. Jan. 1 - 11:00am to 3:00pm. Start your New Year with some steam and snow.  Coffee, Joan's mild chili and healthy snacks provided.  Light fire, 11:30, blowdown 2:30 if temp is 30 degrees or above.
Sat. Feb. 1 - Noon to 3:00pm
All operations subject to Mother Nature's approval

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

16 years of consecutive monthly steam was completed
on March 21, 2019

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

NYC 5343 operates from May to October.

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.

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.

The Roundabout passenger cars have been restored
and will be the primary passenger cars in the winter
as well as in warm weather.