Annual Henry Farnam Dinner, March 11 Print
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Written by Curtis Roseman   
Monday, 14 February 2011 12:05

8th Annual Quad Cities Henry Farnam Dinner

Celebrating Railroads and Railroading



Friday evening, March 11, 2011

Radisson Quad City Plaza, 111 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa

5:00-6:30 Displays/Cash Bar; 6:30 Dinner; 7:30 Program



The featured speaker at this year’s event will be Henry Posner III, Chairman of the Railroad Development Corporation, an international railway investment and management company, and the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS), a 592-mile (954 km) regional carrier connecting Chicago, the Quad Cities, and Omaha. More information on Mr. Posner can be found here:


Posner will give an illustrated presentation on:


A Bridge to the Future

Iowa Interstate, the Quad Cities, and the U. S. Rail Industry

Iowa Interstate’s predecessor, the Rock Island Lines, has a rich history (including the first railroad bridge to cross the Mississippi and Abraham Lincoln defending the railroad). Recent railroad history has been even more dramatic with the transition from regulation and bankruptcy to deregulation and sustainability. From the ashes of the Rock Island, the IAIS was formed at the grassroots level by rail users and state transportation people. The company today stands as an industry success with rebuilt infrastructure, new locomotives, and a broad portfolio of customers, many locating on the line precisely because of its status as an independent railway company. The proposed Amtrak passenger route to the Quad Cities is possible because the IAIS survived as a freight carrier.

Posner’s presentation will be preceded by a pictorial history recalling the golden age of passenger rail service in the Quad Cities by Curtis C. Roseman and John Wetzel. The event will also include a variety of railroad-related displays.

Each person registered for the 2011 Farnam Dinner will receive a free pass to the Figge Art Museum exhibition Tracks, which features railroad photographs from the George Eastman House Collection. A raffle will be conducted; prizes will include tickets for railroad excursions to be held in association with the July 2011 Train Festival in Rock Island.


2011 Henry Farnam Dinner

Registration Information

Dinner and program $40 per person; $375.00 for a reserved table of ten


Register online at:

or contact the Farnam Committee:

Curtis or Libby Roseman 309 764 6122 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




2011 Henry Farnam Dinner Supporters:


River Action

Figge Art Museum

Train Festival 2011

Dispatch/Rock Island Argus

City of Rock Island

Chippiannock Cemetery Heritage Foundation

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

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