NKP 765 in Rock Island Illinois in July 2011

Screen capture from the Train Fest 2011 website.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will be making an announcement about this soon.  The NKP 765 is listed on the ‘Attractions’ page as being scheduled to appear and pull some excursions!

In the meantime, an e-mail from Train Fest 2011 organizers:

Train Festival 2011 Rolls into Rock Island, Illinois July 21-24!

On July 21-24, 2011, the sounds of steam whistles, the clickety-clack of steel wheels on rails, and excited rail fans and families will fill Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Illinois for Train Festival 2011.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will feature rarely traveled passenger train excursion routes, Mississippi River excursions, beautiful Steam and Diesel locomotives, model train displays, vendors, and fun activities for children.

Attendees will have their choice of all day excursions to Iowa City, Iowa or Bureau, Illinois along with shorter 2-hour train rides behind various vintage locomotives. All train and riverboat departures and arrivals will take place at Schwiebert Riverfront Park right on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Rail and riverboat excursions are just part of the fun! Steam and Diesel Locomotives from around the country will be on display and open for tours and photo opportunities. Model Train collectors and organizations will feature beautiful model train layouts under the protection of large tents, and vendors from around the globe will be selling unique, one-of-a-kind train items and mementos you won’t find anywhere else.

Getting around the festival grounds will be fun too! Scaled down miniature trains will be hauling passengers of all ages. The miniature trains travel on steel tracks that will be arranged throughout the beautiful park setting.

For more information on Train Festival 2011, please visit www.trainfestival2011.com. Check the website for newly added train excursions and festival updates. You can also sign up on the website to receive email updates directly from Train Festival 2011.

Rock Island, Illinois is part of the region known as the Quad Cities. Located on the Mississippi River the Quad Cities is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways. The region is also served by the Quad City International Airport (MLI) located in Moline, Illinois. For information on lodging and attractions in the area please visit the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitquadcities.com.

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