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.”


Closed for the Season

Mid-Continent Railway Museum is now closed for the winter season. The museum will reopen and train rides will resume in May 2023.

Mid-Continent’s administrative offices are open year-round to answer your questions. Call us at 608-522-4261 or toll-free 800-930-1385. Email inquiries@midcontinent.org.

Museum News and Info

$15,000 Matching Grant Fund Drive Underway

A fund drive has begun to collect $15,000 to help complete the cosmetic restoration of Goodman Lumber Co. #9, the sole remaining Shay locomotive to have operated in Wisconsin. A matching grant is available to match each donation dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000. A successful fund drive will allow the locomotive’s cosmetic restoration to be completed by September 2023.

Motorcar Fund Drive a Success

With your help, Mid-Continent successfully raised $10,000 for the Montana Western #31 motorcar to fully take advantage of a matching grant. These funds will allow the commencement of repairs to #31 with the plan to return it to operational condition. Montana Western #31 is a gasoline-electric motor car built in 1925 and was named an ASME National Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 2002. Thank you for your support!

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.

DULUTH Sleeping Car Receives Grant

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has awarded Mid-Continent Railway Museum a $15,000 grant in support of Mid-Continent’s restoration of the Duluth South Shore & Atlantic Railway’s “DULUTH” sleeping car. Learn more…

View Restoration Updates

Stay up-to-date with our ongoing steam locomotive and railcar restoration projects.

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