Welcome to Mid-Continent Railway Museum

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.”

Summer Schedule

Mid-Continent is gearing up for another operating season! We’re excited to welcome visitors from May 11th to October 20th on weekends, and from June 11th to September 2nd on weekdays (except Mondays). Our grounds will be accessible from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on days we are open. All train rides and events are available to be booked online via our website!

If you have any questions or require any assistance with booking, please call our museum administrative office at 608-522-4261.

Museum News and Info

Spring Fling Volunteer Work Session

Join us for our Spring Fling 2024!

Mid-Continent Railway Museum could not operate without our volunteers, but sometimes showing up to volunteer with an organization for the first time can be intimidating. This is why Mid-Continent has planned a special day of volunteer activities to make getting started easy!

This volunteering day is open to everyone and to all ages. Whether you have volunteered with us in the past or this will be your first time, you are welcome to attend our Spring Fling volunteer day on May 4th as we work to ready the museum to reopen for the 2024 season the following weekend.

Starting at 9:00 AM, we will meet at the museum depot. There will be department heads from the museum’s programs there to explain what their department does and the types of volunteer opportunities available. Learn more…

Introducing New Flyer-Style Trains!

By popular demand, we have created 3 brand new “Flyer-style” train rides inspired by our Holiday Flyer! Our new “Flyer-style” trains feature beverages and/or light snacks served aboard the 1915-era coach cars during a 7-mile, 1-hour roundtrip ride. They will be taking place on 3 different days over the course of 2024.

New Flyer Trains Offered:

  • The Freedom Flyer on Saturday, July 6th, 2024 @ 5:00 PM: Popcorn and fruit punch will be served on the train. Learn more…
  • The Root Beer Float Flyer on Saturday, August 24th, 2024 @ 5:00 PM: Ice-cold root beer floats will be served just before you board the train. Learn more…
  • The Harvest Flyer on Saturday, October 19th, 2024 @ 5:00 PM: Hot apple cider and donuts will be served on the train. Learn more…

And Returning for its Third Year:

  • The Holiday Flyer on Saturday, December 7th @ 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM: Celebrate the holiday season aboard a festive evening train with hot chocolate, candy canes, and treats! Learn more…

Restoration Begins of Oldest Surviving Electro-Motive Locomotive

Restoration work on the Great Northern #2313 gasoline-electric motor car (a.k.a. Montana Western #31) has begun. Learn more

Mid-Continent Acquires Supply of Rail for Infrastructure Upgrade

Mid-Continent has acquired 2.9 miles of relay rail as part of its Phase 2 Rail Relay Project. This will be used to replace the aging, worn rails found along Mid-Continent’s line. Your help is needed to bring the newly purchased rail to Mid-Continent and install it. Learn more and make a donation today.

Gift Cards Available

Giving the gift of Mid‑Continent just got easier. Gift cards can be purchased online in any dollar amount and are valid toward any train or tour Mid-Continent operates. Find out more…

Get Involved

Mid-Continent Railway Museum would not be possible made possible by our volunteers and members. You too can participate in keeping America’s railroad history alive by volunteering or becoming a museum member.

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