The group operates a varied collection of vintage railroad maintenance cars, which are affectionately known as “putt-putts” because of the sound their engines make.

The Milwaukee Road Heritage Center has announced a very special upcoming event. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the MHRC will be hosting members of the First Iowa Division of the North American Railcar Opera­tors Association. The group operates a varied collection of vintage railroad maintenance cars, which are affectionately known as “putt-putts” because of the sound their engines make.

During their heyday, railroad maintenance cars were vital to the monitoring and maintenance of rail lines. The cars would often be seen riding the rails as crew members looked for issues with the rails and performed routine rail maintenance.

Each railroad utilized these vehicles, and they were often brightly painted for safety reasons. Today the cars have been replaced by maintenance pickups which have been specially modified to run on the tracks

Approximately two dozen of the little speedsters will be leaving Olivia around 11 a.m. on Sunday, the 16th, and they are scheduled to arrive at the historic Montevideo Depot around noon.

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