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Mid-Continent Railway Museum

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Address: West Walnut Street, North Freedom, WI 53951
Phone Number: 800-930-1385; 608-522-4261
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Quaint little museum, great for kids & train lovers

Overall, a great trip with the kids. All put on by volunteers who are so knowledgeable about the different trains, both from the historical side and technical side. We visited... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Overall, a great trip with the kids. All put on by volunteers who are so knowledgeable about the different trains, both from the historical side and technical side. We visited on a day with gorgeous weather in mid-May, which really made it a hit. We spent about 45 minutes before the ride looking at the restored cars outside and a... More 

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MINNETONKA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Off the beaten track in North Freedom, WI, this is a gem of a museum. Extensive collection of beautifully restored antique passenger and freight cars from the late 1800's and early 1900's. A fun one hour train ride on an authentic turn-of-the-century branch line. http://www.midcontinent.org

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My fiancé and I were visiting family in nearby Reedsburg. We were looking for something to do on Saturday because we had some time to kill. We found the museum listed on the visitors center website. My fiancé loves trains but we are both in wheelchairs. The site said they had a one hour train tour and said it was... More 

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Cabot, Arkansas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A group of very hard working, dedicated volunteers make this a must see attraction. There is an impressive display of railcars and enigines expertly explained by the museum staff. We were incredibly fortunate to be allowed to ride a chartered train ride with a school group. The museum would not have normally been open for rides during the off season.

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West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We went in the fall, so the tree colors were beautiful. We had a very knowledgeable conductor, and rode in the caboose. A great activity to do with kids, as they will let them go up into the engine to see it during the ride. A small downside, although the trip says it is 55 minutes, a good portion of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is an opportunity to view and ride on old railroad equipment. The conductor provides a short history lesson. We rode in a 100 year old pullman car. The children and railroad buffs all enjoyed the short 1 hour ride.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We took our grand kids here to visit the museum and ride the train. They enjoyed both looking at the refurnished train cars and riding the train. We bought caboose tickets as that is where the kids wanted to ride. The caboose has 2 high seats on each side. We got on the train early and the four of us... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We've visited the museum several times over the years and it's always fun and educational. The train ride itself is nothing spectacular, and we usually skip it. Everything else is free, including access to the train shed packed with carriages and engines. Kids love the chance to clamber through the carriages and even up onto the engines parked outside. Fun... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I am a train enthusiast so I decided to visit the Mid Continent Railway Museum. I have actually been there before when I was a young kid so I cannot remember much about it. The day we went just happened to be one of the hottest days of the year! But that's my own fault, chose the wrong day! The... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The facility has been updated since our visit 30 years ago with a picnic pavilion and updates to the Station and the rolling stock display. Alas, the train ride was with a diesel electric engine rather than a smoke chuffing steam engine.

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