The biggest expansion of indoor exhibit space at Mid-Continent Railway Museum in 43 years is set to officially open on September 21, 2019. The Laurence Dorcy Building, also known as Coach Shed #2, will add 10,500 sq. ft. of indoor display space to the museum and is planned to hold ten pieces of rolling stock.
Starting at 1:00 PM on September 21st, the new building will be opened up for all museum members and visitors to explore and enjoy. The building will be open each day thereafter when trains are operating (see Train Ride Info page for full schedule). Admission to the self-guided museum, including Coach Shed #2 is free – only train rides require a ticket purchase. Join us for opening day, or for a behind-the-scenes tour inside normally locked areas, visit us on October 5th and 6th for our Vintage Rail Car Tours event.
The rolling stock placed in the new building includes several items that were previously stored outdoors. Exposure to the rain, snow, and sun is the primary cause of degradation of historic railroad equipment. The ability to now keep a larger percentage of Mid-Continent’s collection indoors while still available for public viewing is a great advancement in helping preserve and protect Mid-Continent’s award-winning restorations for future generations.
The locomotive and cars on display in the new building include the following:
|Great Northern #A-22||Business car||1905||Unrestored|
|Duluth South Shore & Atlantic #701||Coach car||1902||Unrestored|
|Montana Western #31||Gas-electric self-powered railcar||1925||Original|
|Lake Superior & Ishpeming #22||Steam locomotive||1910||Restored, non-operational|
|Duluth South Shore & Atlantic #996||Gondola car||1899||Restored|
|Duluth Missabe & Iron Range #7122||Refrigerator car||1912||Restored|
|Chicago & North Western #10802||Drovers caboose||1909||Restored|
|Wisconsin Fish Commission #2||Fish car||1912||Restored|
|Copper Range #60||Coach car||1903||Restored|
|Copper Range #25||Baggage/Coach car||1903||Restored|
|Average Age||111 years|
Want to learn more about the construction process? View previous construction updates.