DATES OF OPERATION Mid-Continent Railway Museum's is currently closed for the season. Join us again during our trademark wintertime special event, Snow Train™. The museum office remains staffed most weekdays to respond to inquiries and accept reservations.
C&NW 1385 OPEN HOUSE You are invited to an open house for Chicago & North Western No. 1385, Mid-Continent's most well known steam locomotive. The locomotive is currently undergoing extensive repairs to bring it back into operational condition. See the progress in person at the open house being held Feb. 21-22, 2015 at SPEC Machine near Middleton, Wis.
STEAM READINESS AUCTION We are seeking to renew our focus on the museum's core mission statement as we get ready to bring back steam train operations. This includes an examination of our collection. Numerous items collected over the years either do not fit the appropriate time period or the needs of the museum. An auction is planned for May 2, 2015 and will offer the incredibly rare opportunity to bid on a few of the treasures stored at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Items range from model trains and railroad dining china all the way to maintenance-of-way equipment and several actual, full-size historic railroad cars and steam locomotives. An open house to view the items is planned for May 1st. Read more or view the flyer.
MISSION SUCCESS The generosity of donors and volunteers has allowed Mid‑Continent Railway Museum to purchase and salvage key items from heavily deteriorated 120-year-old wooden railcars in a private collection recently put up for sale. Successfully capitalizing on this rare opportunity has greatly advanced the restoration of Cazenovia Southern No. 2 (ex-Mineral Point & Northern), a passenger car in MCRM's collection that has local significance. Read more.
STEAM STATUS PAGE Our Steam Status page contains the latest information about the C&NW No. 1385 and Saginaw Timber Company No. 2 steam locomotive restorations.
SEEKING C&NW 1385 MATERIALS Do you have visuals, posters, postcards, photos, video, movies, paperwork, blueprints or other materials related to the C&NW 1385 steam locomotive? We are interested in any materials that help tell show the 1385's history on the C&NW and at Mid-Continent. New exhibits about No. 1385 are in the works and new content continues to be needed for use in publications and the web. Learn how you can share your C&NW 1385 materials with us.
STEAM & STEEL: SONGS OF RAILROAD'S GOLDEN AGE Fundraising at Mid-Continent Railway Museum has taken on a more harmonious tone with the release of an original music CD entitled Steam & Steel: Songs of Railroad’s Golden Age. A collection of ten railroad themed songs, including nine original compositions by Mid-Continent member Ken Hojnacki, performed by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Laurie Lewis and her band, they range in style from bluegrass to country to folk.
Read the The Story Behind the Songs of Railroad's Golden Age, which includes not only the back story but song lyrics, pictures and song samples.
Order yours by calling our office at 800-930-1385
REVISIT OUR FAVORITE ISSUES OF THE MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY GAZETTE Read a brief history of our quarterly publication distributed free to Mid-Continent members and learn more about some of our most popular past issues.
WOODEN CAR BUILDERS The Rolling Stock website, a fantastic resource for historical information, data, photos and more on wooden railroad cars and builders. This is an independent effort on the part of Mr. Hayes Hendricks, who recently donated the content of his website to Mid-Continent Railway Museum, where it is now hosted.
Mid-Continent is an outdoor living history museum and operating railroad recreating, preserving, and interpreting the small town/shortline way of life from the "Golden Age of Railroading" spanning the years 1880 to 1916. Help us preserve this experience for others to enjoy by making a donation, and consider joining us as a member!
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