The earliest railroad passenger cars were little more than re-purposed horse-drawn carriages, but quickly evolved into bigger and increasingly specialized designs. Wood was cheap, readily accessible, and easily repairable; however as train length and speeds increased, the limitations and safety concerns of wood construction became more apparent. During a transition period, some cars were either built with or retrofitted with a steel underframe, but by the 1910s railroads were starting to favor all-steel construction. Wooden car fleets were gradually transitioned or to shortlines or branchline services while others were converted to work train service or served as office space. These secondary uses allowed some cars to survive long enough to be acquired by museums like Mid-Continent.

Great Northern #3261

Type: Second-Class Coach
Builder: Barney & Smith Car Co.
Build Date: 1906


Duluth South Shore & Atlantic #213

Type: First-Class Coach
Builder: Jackson & Sharp Co.
Build Date: 1888


Wisconsin Central “Oak Park”

Type: Business Car
Builder: Barney & Smith Manufacturing Co.
Build Date: 1884


yellow and orange antique railroad passenger car with gold lettering that says Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western above windows and the number 63 near either end of the car

Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western #63

Type: First-Class Coach
Builder: Barney & Smith Car Co.
Build Date: 1888


Wisconsin Central #63

Type: Second-Class Coach
Builder: Pullman Co.
Build Date: 1905


Copper Range #25

Type: Combination Car
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: 1903


Copper Range #60

Type: Second-Class Coach
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Build Date: 1903


Wisconsin Central #306

Type: Baggage Car
Builder: Barney & Smith Manufacturing Co.
Build Date: 1886


Wisconsin Fish Commission #2

Type: Fish Car
Builder: Pullman Co.
Build Date: 1913


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Duluth South Shore & Atlantic “Duluth”

Type: Sleeper
Builder: Barney & Smith Car Co.
Build Date: 1902


East Jordan & Southern #2

Type: Combination Car
Builder: Osgood Bradley Co.
Build Date: 1864


Lake Superior & Ishpeming #64

Type: Coach
Builder: Hicks Locomotive & Car Works
Build Date: 1910


Chicago & North Western #1099

Type: Narrow Gauge Combination Car
Builder: Unknown
Build Date: Unknown


Lake Superior & Ishpeming #1

Type: Combination Car
Builder: Pullman Palace Car Co.
Build Date: 1898


Soo Line #957

Type: First Class Coach
Builder: Barney & Smith Car Co.
Build Date: 1907


Chicago & North Western #613

Type: Coach
Builder: Pullman Car Co.
Build Date: 1908


Chicago Burlington & Quincy #1900

Type: Baggage Car
Builder: American Car & Foundry Co.
Build Date: 1911


Soo Line #920

Type: First Class Coach
Builder: Harlan & Holingsworth Co.
Build Date: 1893


Duluth South Shore & Atlantic #701

Type: First Class Coach
Builder: American Car & Foundry Co.
Build Date: 1902


Soo Line #1210 “Rhinelander”

Type: Sleeper
Builder: Barney & Smith Car Co.
Build Date: 1902


Soo Line #552

Type: Railway Post Office (RPO)
Builder: Barney & Smith Car Co.
Build Date: 1906


Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #77

Type: Mail-Baggage Car
Builder: Hicks Locomotive & Car Works
Build Date: 1909


Mineral Point & Northern #202

Type: First Class Coach
Builder: Pullman Co.
Build Date: 1905