- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The prime place passenger trains have in the Quad Cities’ history will be featured in an exhibit at the German American Heritage Center.

The Rock Island Argus (https://bit.ly/1ndSf9J ) reports that the first-floor gallery at the center will feature “Crossing the Tracks of Time: Quad City Railroad History” beginning Sunday.

German American Heritage Center director Janet Brown-Lowe says the Mississippi River was first crossed by rail in 1854 at Rock Island - a huge development for U.S. transportation.

Rail service through the Quad Cities - with prominent mention of the influential Rock Island Lines - will be presented through photos, text panels, posters, advertisements and other items such as conductors’ pocket-watch fobs, whistles and dining-car china.

Center officials say local collectors made major contributions to the exhibit.

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