Mid-Continent’s line and equipment are historic, all a part of the “Golden Age of Railroading,” spanning the years 1885-1915, when steam locomotives moved 90 percent of the nation’s passengers and freight and the railroad’s cultural influences were at their peak.
The full equipment roster currently consists of 13 steam locomotives, 38 passenger cars, 31 freight cars, 21 cabooses, and 15 pieces of service equipment. Approximately 80% of the roster is considered part of the museum’s “collection,” fitting the “Golden Age” era criteria and the museum’s Mission Statement. The balance of the roster fulfills other needs such as storage, maintenance use, or daily revenue service. The museum’s collection is unique for its narrow focus both by era and the geographical area it represents.
Some items are privately owned by museum members. Most are accessible to the general public, specifically those on display in the Coach Shed, but many are awaiting restoration and proper display.
Former Collection Items (no longer at Mid-Continent)