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 September Steam Schedule:
Sunday, September 9 will be a steam and diesel run day. Depending on who shows up, you can have a through freight train, a local, or a passenger train, or the the work train.  We will try to run bi-directional, but it depends if someone wants to be dispatcher.  Gate open 10:00am, closed 5:00pm

Sunday, September 16 will be a dispatch day. Dispatcher will be on duty from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  The number of trains operating will be proportional to the number of train crews that show up. You can have a through freight, a local, a passenger train, or the work train.

2018 Fall Work/Run Schedule
Thursdays and Saturdays will usually be steam and work days. We have replaced over 300 ties and 120 feet of rail.  Another 200 feet of rail needs to be replaced before winter.  If you want to be on the mailing list, send a note to bob@bournetransit.com.  Steam work trains will be used whenever possible.

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.