|Special Events:||Mother's Day||Autumn Color||Pumpkin Special||Santa Express||Snow Train|
Take a memorable, seven-mile, 55-minute round-trip ride on a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railway nestled in a valley between the Baraboo Hills in rural Sauk County. Passengers ride in restored steel coaches built a century ago. An authentically-attired conductor will call "all aboard!" before the train leaves from an historic wooden depot, built in 1894.
Mid-Continent is much more than just a train ride. Our Coach Shed is filled with restored wooden passenger, freight cars and displays from the turn of the century. There you will find examples of Mid-Continent's nationally-renowned wood car restorations such as the Badger #2 "Fish Car", the exquisite Art Nouveau-motif of the Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western #63, the 1903-built Copper Range coach #60. In our outdoor display yard, you can inspect steam locomotives up-close, including Copper Range locomotive #29, Soo Line #2645 and Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #49. In all, there are nearly 40 train cars and locomotives on prominent display.
A free self-guided tour pamphlet is available from the depot ticket window. Alternatively, the Mid-Continent Compendium is available from the ticket window for $5.00. It contains 104 pages of in-depth information and makes for a terrific souvenir.
Departure times can differ during special events. Find out more about special events below.
All trains are currently powered by DIESEL locomotives. Read more about our ongoing effort to again operate steam locomotives on our Steam Status page. Mid-Continent reserves the right to substitute equipment.
Join Mid-Continent for a trip through the fall foliage, the glistening winter landscape, and more! Special events mean more departures, more experiences, and a wider variety of ticket options. Click the events listed below for more information.
|Mother's Day Weekend||May 10-11, 2014|
|World War I Encampment||July 19-20, 2014|
|Autumn Color Weekends™||Oct. 4-5, 2014
Oct. 10-11-12, 2014
|Pumpkin Special™||Oct. 18-19, 2014|
|Santa Express™||Nov. 29-30, 2014|
|Snow Train™||Feb. 14-15, 2015|
Note: Fares differ during our winter events.
|Fare Class||Coach Car Fare||Caboose Fare||Locomotive Cab Fare|
|Child (3-12)||$10.00||$12.00||$55.00* (minimum age 12)|
|Child (2 and Under)||Free||Free||Not allowed|
*Locomotive Cab seating is a high-decibel environment and access requires climbing near-vertical steps. Limit 2 riders. Minimum age 12. Wearing hearing protection is recommended (not supplied). Additional notices and restrictions may apply. Call 800-930-1385 for Locomotive Cab reservations and questions.
|Fare Class||Coach Car Fare||First Class/Brunch/Dinner|
|Adult Group* (20-39 group size)||$16.00||Please call 800-930-1385
|Adult Group* (40+ group size)||$15.00|
*Bus driver and group leader ride free with adult groups.
** Bus driver and group leader ride free with child groups. Other adult supervisors and parents pay child group rate.
Special trains can be scheduled for school and adult groups on days of non-operation by calling 800-930-1385. Museum tour guides can be made available if arranged in advance by contacting the museum office.
Experience the tradition of dining aboard a train! Various onboard dining options are offered during most special events. Click the special event links above to see if onboard dining options are offered during that event.
Mid-Continent is located at North Freedom, Wisconsin, about one hour north of Madison, and 1/2 hour south from Wisconsin Dells. From the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 12 and Wis. Hwy. 33 in Baraboo, take Wis. Hwy. 136 west toward Rock Springs about 4 miles. Turn left on Cty. Hwy. PF to North Freedom. Follow the signs west from the 4-way stop in town.
For GPS users, many databases have us in the wrong place. Use these coordinates instead: N 43.4602 W 89.8744
There is ample free parking at the museum. Public restrooms, a picnic shelter, and Pine Tree Park are adjacent to the depot. There are no camping facilities at the museum.
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Office phone: 608-522-4261
Toll free: 800-930-1385
Reservation questions or changes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society
E8948 Museum Road
P.O. Box 358
North Freedom, WI 53951