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Diesel Days 2019

Feel the ground shake beneath your feet as you see, hear, and ride behind some of the most powerful locomotives ever built! Ride and see some of the less frequently run and rare diesel locomotives at IRM. See recently-restored locomotives like Santa Fe FP45 92 and Rock Island GP7R 4506 as well as new arrival Morristown & Erie C424 18. Bring your camera and enjoy the weekend!

New for 2019, IRM is offering the opportunity for you to ride in the cab of many of our diesels and for you to operate others as the engineer! Click here for more information.

The 2019 Diesel Days event is expanding in 2019 to include Friday, August 9th as well as Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th. We will not have the parade of power as in previous years. Instead, there will be a set schedule of different trains running each day. The locomotives and lash-ups used on each train will be changed often. The current schedule for Friday is as follows:

Friday Train Time - Train - Locomotive

10:30 AM - Nebraska Zephyr - CBQ 9911A
11:15 AM - Coach Train - MILW 118C, METX 308
12:00 PM - Nebraska Zephyr - CBQ 9911A
12:45 PM - Coach Train - BN1, BN2, METX 308, MILW 118C, CNW 411
1:30 PM - Nebraska Zephyr - CBQ 9911A
2:15 PM - Coach Train - BN1, BN2, BN3
3:00 PM - Nebraska Zephyr - CBQ 9911A
3:45 PM - Bilevel - CNW 411*
4:30 PM - Coach Train - CBQ 9911A, SLRG 102, BN3
5:15 PM - Bilevel - METX 308, CNW 411*

*No cab rides available this trip

All schedules and equipment are subject to change without notice. A schedule of the locomotives that will be on each train Saturday and Sunday will be published as soon as it is finalized.

For hours and admission prices on August 9th click here.

For hours and admission prices on August 10th click here.

For hours and admission prices on August 11th click here.

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