A Union Pacific Railroad Museum traveling exhibit, “Wheels of War,” will be on display at the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum until July 12.
The Wheels of War exhibit traces the contributions of the railway industry to military actions and maneuvers over the past 150 years, calling for specific events and actions to highlight the importance of the railroad.
Railways have played a role in every American war since 1860. During the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Gulf War, the railroads carried soldiers and everything they needed, tanks to uniforms. War is not just combat but communication, and ultimately the side with the best supplies wins. As Napoleon said, “an army travels prone,” which means that the troops cannot go further and no faster than the supplies of food, clothing, ammunition and equipment can be. displaced. Railways transport supplies, are interesting and unique in durability, and can be repaired quickly and completely if damaged. While railways are apparently vulnerable because they follow a fixed path, are impossible to conceal and all of their moving parts are exposed; this turned out not to be an insurmountable obstacle. Instead, railways are particularly difficult to take out of service entirely and have played a vital role in military missions.
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is located in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where visitors will discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from over 150 years of effort the most ambitious of our country, including building the transcontinental railroad and colonizing the West. Some of the most popular museum exhibits include “America Travels by Rail,” which celebrates the heyday of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, which features artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln’s wagon and funeral; and an exhibit that showcases the technology and innovation that sustains Union Pacific as a leader in the rail industry.
Located at 326 N. Main St., the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free and tour reservations are not required but encouraged for groups of 10 or more participants. Call 757-514-4135 or visit SuffolkTrainStation.com for details. The museum is operated by Suffolk Tourism.
No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a case of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, may enter the museum.