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.”

Winter Schedule

Mid-Continent will be open November 25th-26th and December 2nd-3rd for our Santa Express and Holiday Flyer trains. For more on train schedules and to reserve tickets click an event below.

Our museum administrative office is open year-round to answer questions and assist with bookings. With the exception of the Santa Express and Holiday Flyer event weekends, the museum and train rides are closed for the season until May 2024.


Santa Express and Holiday Flyer Ticket Availability

As of midday Friday, all the remaining Santa Express and Holiday Flyer trains for this weekend were sold out.

Trains that currently are listed as sold out may later have some tickets become available again from existing ticketholders canceling their bookings. Due to the frequency of changes, Mid-Continent staff are unable to contact customers if and when tickets become available. We suggest checking the Buy Tickets page regularly if you are still looking for tickets. The Buy Tickets interface provides up-to-the-minute availability for each train departure.

Museum News and Info

2024 Whistle on the Wind Wall Calenders Available for Preorder

Mid-Continent’s 2024 “Whistle on the Wind Steam Calendar” is currently in production and available for preorder. 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.

DULUTH Sleeping Car Receives Grant

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust has awarded Mid-Continent Railway Museum a $10,000 grant for continuing support of Mid-Continent’s restoration of the Duluth South Shore & Atlantic Railway’s “DULUTH” sleeping car. Learn more…

Milwaukee Road #988 Receives Major Gift

Mid-Continent’s ALCO RSC-2 locomotive, Milwaukee Road #988, recently received a nearly $95,000 gift from the estate of former Mid-Continent volunteer James T. Baker, Jr. The gift will go a long way in helping to bring the locomotive back to operational condition. Learn more…

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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