CLOSED FOR THE SEASON Thank you for helping us celebrate 50 years at North Freedom in 2013. Mid-Continent Railway Museum is now closed until our Snow Train event.
HELP US IMPROVE OUR COLLECTION Mid-Continent has a limited window of opprtunity to purchase a 104 year-old Soo Line Railroad caboose. Read the full story to learn how you can help. We are nearly half way toward our goal!
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.
$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. Over 90% of the grant amount has now been matched! Read the original news release and help us fully meet the challenge 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 or
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!
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