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Through the AmazonSmile program, you can select to have each and every purchase you make from Amazon directly help Mid-Continent Railway Museum.

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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, just a different web address…

For each purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your checkout price to Mid-Continent Railway Museum.

Limited Time Offer: Triple Your Support! 

AmazonSmile is currently running a triple donation promotion through March 31, 2018. When customers make their first eligible purchase, Amazon will donate 1.5% of the purchase amount to Mid-Continent Railway Museum.

How to Sign Up

Just click on one of the links in this page to automatically select Mid-Continent as your beneficiary organization.


Alternatively, on the AmazonSmile website you can search for charities to support. Note that when searching for Mid-Continent, you’ll find us listed under our formal name, Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc.

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Mid-Continent Railway Museum is not a government-funded museum. The largest single slice of Mid-Continent’s budget comes from the support of individual donors and private and corporate grants. That is why we take part in programs such as AmazonSmile.

If you prefer to make a direct contribution to Mid-Continent Railway Museum, head over to our Donation page. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation. Donations made directly to Mid-Continent are tax-deductible.

Mid-Continent Wins Chamber’s Pride and Promotion Award

We are excited and honored to have been awarded the 2017 “Pride and Promotion” from Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s banquet held February 27, 2018.

Pride and Promotion Award 2017 plaque

Pride & Promotion Award plaque awarded to Mid-Continent Railway Museum.

The anonymously written nomination letter praised Mid-Continent’s efforts to expand dining services and special event offerings:

…the last few years they have offered many more special rides, like the Taco Train, Pizza Train, Beer Train, Margarita Train and Macaroni Train! It seems like they are really trying to attract more people to the area all of the time, and it is easy see why tourists would want to come! Everything they have come up with sounds like so much fun, and I hope they just keep doing it.

The award was accepted on behalf of Mid-Continent by Jeffrey Lentz, Office Manager, and Bobbie Wagner, Director. Lentz gave a brief acceptance speech, sharing the museum’s appreciation of the recognition and news that the museum will soon be doing even more to bring visitors to the Reedsburg area. In particular, the museum’s steam locomotive #1385 is anticipated to be back in operation in time for the 2019 season which is expected to bring in additional visitors to the museum and surrounding areas.

Lentz also shared with the banquet audience that Mid-Continent is also affecting repairs to its bridge over the Baraboo River. This will reestablish the museum’s connection to the Reedsburg-Madison railroad line, opening the possibility of future museum steam train excursions to Reedsburg. The C&NW 1385 steam locomotive last visited the city in 1998 for the city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

C&NW 1385 at Reedsburg depot

C&NW 1385 at Reedsburg, WI for the city’s sesquicentennial celebration. May 1998. Don Meyer photo.