Through the 19th and into the 20th Century, nearly all freight cars were made primarily of wood. As construction methodology improved, this eventually gave way to all-steel construction which permitted larger cars, heavier loads, and generally required less frequent maintenance. Click the car name for a history of each car.

Soo Line #15604

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Wells & French Co.
Build Date: 1897


red wood gondola car inside display building lettered DSS&A number 996

Duluth South Shore & Atlantic #996

Type: Gondola
Builder: Unknown
Build Date: 1888


Duluth South Shore & Atlantic #18052

Type: Flatcar
Builder: LaFayette Car Works
Build Date: 1888


Soo Line #29667

Type: Stockcar
Builder: Haskell & Barker Car Co.
Build Date: 1921


Minneapolis & St. Louis #4570

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Pressed Steel Car Co.
Build Date: 1901


Duluth Missabe & Iron Range #7122

Type: Refrigerator Car
Builder: Peteler Car Co.
Build Date: 1912


Chicago & North Western #10

Type: Narrow Gauge Boxcar
Builder: Unknown
Build Date: Prior to 1890


Lake Superior & Ishpeming #2011

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Pressed Steel Car Co.
Build Date: 1901


Lake Superior & Ishpeming #2026

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Unknown
Build Date: 1903


Richter Vinegar #11

Type: Tankcar
Builder: General American Car Co.
Build Date: 1929


Chicago & North Western #96791

Type: Hart Convertible Gondola
Builder: Rodger Ballast Car Co.
Build Date: 1914


NWX #19781

Type: Refrigerator Car
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: c.1926-1929


NWX #19786

Type: Refridgerator Car
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: c.1926-1929


NWX #19769

Type: Refrigerator Car
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: c. 1926-1929


Chicago & North Western #123576

Type: Boxcar
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: 1914


Akron Canton & Youngstown #3011

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Mather Car Co.
Build Date: 1941


Akron Canton & Youngstown #3016

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Mather Car Co.
Build Date: 1941


Akron Canton & Youngstown #3081

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Mather Car Co.
Build Date: c. 1941


Akron Canton & Youngstown #3061

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Mather Car Co.
Build Date: 1941


Akron Canton & Youngstown #3151 and #3161

Type: Boxcar
Builder: Mather Car Co.
Build Date: c.1941


Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe #17205

Type: Boxcar
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: 1923


Green Bay & Western #8020

Type: Boxcar
Builder: General American Car Co.
Build Date: 1925