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Mason City Chamber Ag tour gives people a new perspective on rail

Mason City Chamber Ag tour gives people a new perspective on rail

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 5:50 PM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 6:00 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa- For many people like Terry Bohl of Mason City, getting on a 1927 electric passenger train is something he has never done.
“I’ve lived here my whole life and this is my first time,” he said.
While the 3.5 mile ride along 19th street is an experience in itself on the old train, it’s also a way to learn what exactly Iowa Traction Railway does.
“I’m just finding out how big of a role that the railroads play in agriculture,” Bohl said.
“Soybeans come in by truck or rail and they process them here,” John Richards, the General Manager of Iowa Traction Railway said about one of their customers. “It’s good for the farmers because they have a place to sell their goods and they turn them in to bone meal which goes back to feeding our livestock.”
The annual Mason city Chamber Ag Tour is gave people like Bohl a different look at how agriculture impacts our area.
“There’s a lot of different opportunities here,” he said. “It allows everyone to see our different businesses impact our day to day lives.”
The line is the only commercial electric railway in north America.

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