WELCOME! – Mid-Continent Railway Museum is now open 7-days-a-week through September 2nd Museum hours are 9:30 AM to 5 PM with train rides departing at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. After September 2nd, Mid-Continent will be open weekends through October 20th. Visit the Train Ride Information page for full details.
The museum administrative office is staffed Monday-Friday year-round (except holidays) and can assist with questions and reservations by calling 608-522-4261 or toll-free 800-930-1385.
MID-CONTINENT SUPPORTS MILITARY FAMILIES BY JOINING THE BLUE STAR MUSEUMS PROGRAM – As a thank you to our nations brave soldiers, Mid-Continent Railway Museum has joined the Blue Star Museums program which provides free train ride admission for active military members and their families. Learn more.
SEELEY CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT COMPLETE – Mid-Continent is celebrating the completion of its second major bridge project in less than a year. A brand new bridge now traverses Seeley Creek, near the small former mining town of La Rue. Read more and view the video.
DOMTAR #1001: MID-CONTINENT’S NEWEST ACQUISITION – On late November Mid-Continent Railway Museum accepted delivery of Domtar #1001, a 1949 EMD NW2 diesel locomotive. The 1001 is operational (only needing a few tweaks before it is ready for service) and it will primarily serve as backup to MCRY #1256 for pulling Mid-Continent’s train rides. View the video of #1001’s arrival at Mid-Continent. Look for #1001 to make its operational debut later this year.
DULUTH SLEEPING CAR – Get the latest scoop on the $75,000 fundraising campaign and progress on the restoration of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic sleeping car DULUTH.
OUR NEW DISPLAY BUILDING – Mid-Continent received a significant bequest from the Laurence H. Dorcy Estate toward the construction of a new display building to house Mid-Continent’s stunning restorations. Follow along with the progress as we get set to open the building later this year.
BRIDGE OVER THE BARABOO RIVER REOPENS – On July 7, 2018, Mid-Continent celebrated the reopening of a bridge over the Baraboo River closed since the record flood of 2008. Read more and view the video.
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 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 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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