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WELCOME! – Come visit Mid-Continent Railway Museum this fall. October is jam-packed with special events and has additional ticket options.

  • October 5-6Harvest Limited – Train rides at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM, plus a Saturday Beer Train, and Elegant Dinner Train. Behind-the-scenes special access tours of the museum are available on both Saturday and Sunday with the purchase of a Vintage Rail Car Tours ticket. Tours offered between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • October 11-12-13Autumn Color Weekend – Train rides at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM, plus First Class departures and a Saturday evening Elegant Dinner Train
  • October 19-20 – Pumpkin Special – Train rides at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM. Pumpkins are available for sale at the end of the line, ready to bring back with you on your return trip
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 1 & Dec. 7-8Santa Express – Train rides with Santa at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM.

Mid-Continent’s museum exhibits are open on days of train operations from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Sat.) or 5:00 PM (Sun.).  Visit the Train Ride Information page for full schedule 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.

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…

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 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.

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.

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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