BOONE, Iowa—Long time serious railroad memorabilia collector, historian and rail fan Dana Grefe of Woodward will present a program about the construction of the new Kate Shelley Memorial bridge west of Boone. The program will be presented Saturday, February 18th at 2:00 PM at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad museum display area. Grefe will describe in detail the construction process using photos taken during the project that began in 2006.
“The program is a narrated Power Point presentation consisting of 475 unique images from land and air, approximately an hour and a half in length. Many facts and figures are included in the show. It was presented at Iowa State several years ago and well received,” Grefe said.
There is no charge for the program but if one wishes a tour of the museum with a tour guide cost is $8 adults and $3 children.
Dana Grefe was no stranger to trains growing up. “As a youngster, I was exposed to trains and it stuck in my mind as an interest in my entire life,” he said.
“From my early days growing up in Sioux City, Iowa, my birthplace I would ride my bike down to the tracks as we lived close to them. My first taste of real railroading came when I was 8 years old. An Illinois Central yard engineer invited me up to ride in the cab and you can imagine what I thought about this! I would ride with him for several house that day and other days. The only bad thing that came out of this was my bike was stolen on one of the days I was riding. My mother was not a happy camper! The experience sticks in my mind as if it happened yesterday,” Grefe said.
Mr. Grefe has been involved with various railroad groups over many years. “I have had numerous other brushes with real time railroading including cab rides, hi-rail trips, invitations to ride business trains and other activities associated with railroading,” he said.
“My program was made possible by my friendship with Bill Wimmer, retired Vice-President of Engineering with the Union Pacific railroad. The program is a complete overview of the construction of the new Kate Shelley Bridge west of Boone, Iowa,” Dana said.
Grefe is a past-President and currently Vice-President of the Chicago & North Western Historical Society(C&NWHS). He also was the Vice-President of the Iowa Chapter NRHS and a member of the C&NWHS for nearly thirty years, as well as the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. In addition he is also member of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society (B&SVRR) in Boone.