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P.O. Box 358
E8948 Museum Rd.
North Freedom, WI 53951



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2014 Season Opens May 10-11 with special Mother's Day weekend trains. Trains run daily beginning May 31 Dine with us! First Class, Brunch, and Dinner trains availble on Mother's Day Weekend, May 10-11. Reservations available by phone only at this time. Read the Latest on our Steam Restorations

2014 SEASON BEGINS MAY 10 – Mid-Continent Railway Museum is currently closed for the season until May 10. The museum office remains open most weekdays to accept calls.

May 10-11: Mother's Day Weekend trains; weekend-only operations begin
May 26: Trains operate on Memorial Day
May 31: Daily operations begin
Sept. 1: Daily operations end, weekend-only operations resume
Oct. 10-12: Autumn Color weekend
Oct. 18-19: Pumpkin Special weekend, end of operating seasons
Nov. 29-30: Santa Express weekend

For additional information, see the Train Ride Info page. Tickets can be reserved on the Reservations page.

SEEKING C&NW 1385 MATERIALS – Do you have visuals, posters, postcards, photos, video, movies, paperwork, blueprints or other materials related to the C&NW 1385 steam locomotive? We are interested in any materials that help tell show the 1385's history on the C&NW and at Mid-Continent. New exhibits about No. 1385 are in the works and new content continues to be needed for use in publications and the web. Learn how you can share your C&NW 1385 materials with us.

STEAM STATUS PAGE – Our Steam Status page is back! Now with up-to-date information about the C&NW No. 1385 and Saginaw Timber Company No. 2 steam locomotive restorations. To access it, click STEAM STATUS on the site navigation buttons along the left edge of the page.

CONNECT WITH MID-CONTINENT – Keeping up to date with your favorite railway museum is now easier than ever. Find us on Pinterest Facebook and YouTube!

$250,000 CHALLENGE GRANT FOR C&NW 1385 – In June 2011, the Wagner Foundation of Lyons, Wisconsin announced a $250,000 challenge grant to restore Mid-Continent's star steam locomotive, Chicago & North Western No. 1385. We are happy to announce that 100% of the grant amount has now been matched! Read the original news release and help us continue work by clicking Donate button at the top left corner of this page.

STEAM & STEEL: SONGS OF RAILROAD'S GOLDEN AGE – Fundraising at Mid-Continent Railway Museum has taken on a more harmonious tone with the release of an original music CD entitled Steam & Steel: Songs of Railroad’s Golden Age. A collection of ten railroad themed songs, including nine original compositions by Mid-Continent member Ken Hojnacki, performed by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Laurie Lewis and her band, they range in style from bluegrass to country to folk.

Read the The Story Behind the Songs of Railroad's Golden Age, which includes not only the back story but song lyrics, pictures and song samples.

Order yours by calling our office at 800-930-1385

REVISIT OUR FAVORITE ISSUES OF THE MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY GAZETTE – Read a brief history of our quarterly publication distributed free to Mid-Continent members and learn more about some of our most popular past issues.

WOODEN CAR BUILDERS — The Rolling Stock website, a fantastic resource for historical information, data, photos and more on wooden railroad cars and builders. This is an independent effort on the part of Mr. Hayes Hendricks, who recently donated the content of his website to Mid-Continent Railway Museum, where it is now hosted.

Mid-Continent is an outdoor living history museum and operating railroad recreating, preserving, and interpreting the small town/shortline way of life from the "Golden Age of Railroading" spanning the years 1880 to 1916. Help us preserve this experience for others to enjoy by making a donation, and consider joining us as a member!

The entire contents of this website is ©2014 Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc. Please respect the copyright of our contributing photographers. Any copying, redistribution, or reuse of files, photos, text, or graphics from this website without written permission is prohibited, with the exception of the Media Kit under the terms outlined on those pages.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We would like to thank the following people for making this site possible: John Gruber, Ray Buhrmaster, Don Meyer, Dennis and Marcia Elliott, Bill Buhrmaster, Jim Neubauer, Jeff Haertlein, Jeff Bloohm, Don Ginter, Glenn Guerra, Mike Harrington, Bill Raia, John Decker, Herman Page, Dick Goddard, Stan Searing, Forrest Van Schwartz, David Mattoon, Philip A. Weibler, Paul Swanson, Carl Bierman and Leah Rosenow. Pat Weeden, Webmaster.