Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 09:57:13 -0600
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Subject: Iowa Assn. of RR Passengers Meeting
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We're coming to the neighborhood.



Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers-1
Contact:        George Davison 515-288-6532 (work) or
                Dick Welch      319-362-6824 (work) or 626-2359 (home)

        Rail Passenger Group to Meet in Osceola

        (Osceola, Iowa)--The Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers will meet at
1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd, at the Quilt Patch Family Restaurant
in Osceola. 
        Association President Richard F. "Dick" Welch says Osceola Mayor Fred Diehl
will give a presentation to the group about restoration plans for the Amtrak
depot in Osceola. The restoration is being done by the Burlington Northern
Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad.
        Amtrak trains from Chicago to the west coast go through Osceola.
        An additional part of the program is expected to be an update on the status
of the proposal for an additional Amtrak passenger train through Iowa from
Clinton, through Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Ames and Carroll to Council
Bluffs. An update on nationwide Amtrak service will also be provided at the
        The public is welcome to attend the meeting and there is no charge to
attend. The Quilt Patch Family Restaurant is located at 130 Fillmore Avenue,
Osceola, on the southwest corner of the square. There will be an informal,
order-off-the-menu lunch at 11:00 a.m. prior to the meeting which the public
is also welcome to attend.
        The Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers is a statewide non-profit
citizens' organization advocating rail transportation. It was formed in 1981
to strengthen the voice of the rail user in Iowa. The group holds its
meetings throughout the state. Meeting locations have included:
Williamsburg, Burlington, Boone, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids,
Atlantic, Ames and Des Moines. 
        The organization is affiliated with the National Association of Railroad
Passengers in Washington, D.C.
        Membership information is available by writing to the Iowa Association of
Railroad Passengers, 3349 Southgate Court, SW, Suite 108, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
52404. Membership information will also be available at the meeting.