Elizabeth Rhoads Read

Cedar Rapids


I am lucky to relive my favorite Hawkeye Express memory almost every game-day during the football season. It’s that moment when a child boards the train for the first time; their eyes are as big as can be and you can see that sense of awe and wonder lighting up their face. There is just something special about a train and only the Hawkeyes have one of their own! -Josh Sabin

about the artist

Elizabeth received a BA degree in art and political science from Cornell College in 1972. She has pursued many careers, including teaching in an alternative high school, being a private investigator, and counseling women on employment issues. She has also devoted many hours to community improvement. Elizabeth continued creating art, and for the past 17 years, she has been working as a full time artist while raising her two children, now grown. She has participated in juried and invitational shows with her large fiber wall hangings and paper sculptures and her work can be found in both private and corporate collections.


The Hawkeye Express is an integral part of the Hawkeye game day experience. Herky seemed the most appropriate character to take the form of the conductor. In his starched uniform, the conductor greets you and assists you on the stairs upon arrival and departure. During the trip, he collects tickets and addresses the needs of the passengers.


Iowa Northern Railway Office, 305 2nd St Ste 400, Cedar Rapids

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