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WELCOME! – Mid-Continent Railway Museum welcomes you to discover railroading history. Explore our indoor/outdoor museum featuring dozens of restored railroad cars and locomotives. Trains also depart the museum depot on a 7-mile, 55-minute round-trip ride on historic railcars.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Oct. 21- Nov 29: Closed
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 1: SANTA EXPRESS special event
  • Dec. 2-6: Closed
  • Dec. 7-8: SANTA EXPRESS special event
  • Dec. 9-May 8: Closed
  • May 9, 2020: Open weekends
  • June 8, 2020: Open daily

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.


“BUY A BERTH” FUND DRIVE TO SUPPORT DULUTH SLEEPING CAR RESTORATION  – Your help is needed with one of Mid-Continent’s restoration projects, the Duluth South Shore & Atlantic Railroad sleeping car DULUTH. Part of the DULUTH’s restoration includes the creation of eight new sleeping berths to replace those removed from the car over 80 years ago. To help Mid-Continent complete this step, you can sponsor a berth with our Buy a Berth Fund Drive. Find out more…

COACH SHED #2 NOW OPEN – Mid-Continent’s new 10,500 square foot display building opened to the public on September 21st. Be sure to stop in this new exhibit area during your next visit. Read more…

DOMTAR #1001: MID-CONTINENT’S NEWEST ACQUISITION – On late 2018 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 in 2020.

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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