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WELCOME! – Mid-Continent Railway Museum welcomes you to discover railroading history. We are closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During more normal times, we invite the public to explore our indoor/outdoor museum featuring dozens of restored railroad cars and locomotives. Trains also would normally depart the museum depot on a 7-mile, 55-minute round-trip ride on historic railcars.

Although we are not currently able to accept visitors at our museum or offer train rides, there is still a wealth of information about railroads available on our website that you can explore from the comfort of home. Here are a few sections of our site we think you may find interesting:

  • See the latest progress on the C&NW #1385 steam locomotive restoration project
  • View pictures and read the history of each of our collection pieces – over 100 cars and locomotives in all!
  • Explore the numerous videos available on our YouTube page
  • Take a deep dive into the history of the builders of wooden railway cars
  • Check out the restoration of the DULUTH, one of America’s oldest sleeping cars
  • Explore the sounds of a steam locomotive in our audio archive
  • Learn more about Mid-Continent’s humble beginnings 61 years ago
  • Learn the local history of North Freedom, Wisconsin and how our rail line came to exist

Thanks for visiting MidContinent.org. We look forward to welcoming you in person in 2021.

GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE – Giving the gift of Mid‑Continent just got easier. Gift cards can now be purchased online in any dollar amount and are valid toward any train or tour Mid-Continent operates. Find out more…

“BUY A BERTH” FUND DRIVE FOR DULUTH SLEEPING CAR IS A SUCCESS!  – The generosity of donors like you have helped us reach our goal for the “Buy a Berth” Fund Drive. We now have sufficient funds to replicate berths as part of the restoration of a 1902 sleeping car.  See the progress photos and find out how you can help with the next phase of the car’s restoration. Find out more…

COACH SHED #2 – Mid-Continent’s new 10,500 square foot display building opened to the public in September 2019. Be sure to stop in this new exhibit area during your next visit. Read more…

STEAM & STEEL: SONGS OF RAILROAD’S GOLDEN AGEFundraising 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 Railway Museum 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 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 608-522-4261 or 800-930-1385

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.” Help us preserve this experience for others to enjoy by making a donation, and consider joining us as a member!

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