Train Across Iowa


Meeting Room A

Rudy Daniels describes the past, present, and future of the Hawkeye State railroads. The program explores Iowa's unique position in the construction of the first transcontinential railroad and Iowa's greatest contribution to railroad safety. The talk also describes the famous streamliners that rode Iowa's rails. All aboard for an Iowa rail adventure!

Rudolph Daniels recieved his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 1971. Since then he taught at colleges and universities in the United States and in Germany. He has written numerous articles and five books. His book, Trains Across the Continent, a complete history of U.S. and canadian railroads, was written at the request of the railroad industry and is considered the official account of our nation's railroads. He also published Sioux City Railroads. He has just finished another book, The Great Railroad War, on "US Railroads in World War One." More recently, Dr. Daniels was a contributing editor of the professional Railroad Atlas of the United States and was script consultant for a recent Public TV Production of "Orphan Trains."