Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid-Continent Railway Museum
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Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society–also known as Mid-Continent Railway Museum–is an outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life during the “Golden Age of Railroading,” with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock. Mid-Continent has operated at North Freedom, Wisconsin since 1963.
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John W
Lostant, IL2,228 contributions
Couples
My wife and I were on our way to the Green Bay Area and decided to make a stop here on the way to break the traveling a bit. I had been wanting to come up here for a while but never had the chance. You wouldn’t expect a medium sized railroad museum to be near a town of only 700 people but there’s plenty to see. Two display barns filled with wonderfully restored cars and locomotives with well signed descriptions. We spent a good hour plus looking at the displays before our train ride which takes you on a former CNW railroad spur to a dead end near a rock quarry. Once you reach the turnaround point you can exit the train and get a chance to look inside the locomotive before watching the engine split off the train and head to the opposite end. Our conductor was very informative about the former spur line and history of mining in the area. We then took a look at the outdoor displays before heading our way north. The gift shop is reasonable and has a large selection of items available allow yourself at least 2-3 hours to enjoy every bit of the museum!!
Written September 5, 2022
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Seaside433297
5 contributions
Family
Visited for a one hour Coach Train Ride
Easy to Find, Very Friendly and Helpful Staff who clearly enjoy volunteering there,
Impressive grounds with many types of trains. Two large buildings with restored train cars and a very reasonably priced gift shop.
Our train ride consisted of an engine and two coach cars with a conductor on each car who educated us about the train, the museum and the area. When we reached the end of the first half of the ride we were able to get off the train and watch the engine change directions and learn about train conductor signals etc. We had three generations on the ride and everyone had a great time. We will be back.
Written June 20, 2022
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dairyboy
Cincinnati98 contributions
A must if in Wisconsin Dells, this indoor/outdoor museum is only a few miles away.
It features a two hour train ride in a restored passenger car into the country to an old stone quarry. There are quite a few steam engines and many wooden restored cars both inside (two buildings) and outside. Friendly people who answer all questions.
Great place for the family!
Written August 13, 2022
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Karen R
1 contribution
We enjoyed our train ride! Staff was enjoyable and informative. For those who love a photo opportunity, you are able to walk around and view the trains up close.
As we rode in the passenger train car, it helped us imagine what life was like then. If the walls could talk! It was a pleasant experience and we will definitely bring the grandbabies back next time!
Written August 16, 2022
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311jerry
2 contributions
Not recommended. Not worth the gas, money, or train fees. Staff and volunteers are nice.

Unfortunately this "museum" and farming seem to be the only local businesses. The two sheds containing trains are interesting, but only one contained information. Two or three other rail cars have displays, such as the staff quarters. Many of the other cars were under construction or just old.

The food available was cheap burgers, hot dogs, and things like chips. There were also bees around.

The train ride is anything but special. There's just trees, small streams, and an open field to see - nothing that is of note and it's a boring 55 minutes for $22 each. I think a couple of the people doing the tour (maybe three across the five rail cars + the conductor) may actually be volunteers; their name plate said "Member". Overall not worth it.
Written October 23, 2021
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casinoguymichigan
michigan323 contributions
I have been here two or three times in the past, the last time over 20 years ago. I think the very first time I was here was when I was 14 years old back in 1972. Back then I took a ride on the steam engine number one and there were lots of trains in the yard, some in working order and many needing to be restored. There have been some changes and some things have remained the same. At the moment there are no steam trains in working condition. It takes a lot to maintain these magnificent beauties of the past, and regulations keep getting tighter and tighter. The cost to restore a steam engine to working condition is very high and donations and ticket prices are a big source of revenue They are restoring many steam engines to look new for static display but only one or two for actual operating condition. There are many buildings on the grounds, some have restored train cars and other buildings are repair shops. There is the old depot, water tower (empty now that there are no steam engines running) and other buildings including a gift shop. There is still a train ride but it's pulled by a diesel engine. This is well worth the trip to see! Your contributions and ticket sales will help preserve these iron horses for younger generations to enjoy! The grounds are free, but you do have to purchase a ticket to ride the train.
Written July 30, 2021
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Jennifer Z
1 contribution
Really enjoyed a day at Mid-Continent Railway. Museum has quite a few old rail cars and steam engine trains on display with lots of information regarding their history. The train ride was also wonderful. The train operators were really informative and friendly. Lots of history to absorb. I highly recommend coming to this museum and taking the train ride. Great place for all ages to enjoy!!!!
Written June 20, 2022
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monygal65
O'Fallon, IL29 contributions
Family
We had three generations and all enjoyed the visit. Watching the engine switch over to the other end of the train for the return trip was a unique experience. The museum with all the renovated cars was a great history lesson. Highly recommend.
Written July 10, 2021
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SirKeithD
Madison, Wisconsin15 contributions
A real experience of a passenger train for those who have never been on one.
And a worthy museum of bygone artifacts that you are not likely to ever be able to collect and enjoy yourself.
Also: All the previous positive comments still apply.
Written August 14, 2022
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Gary H
madison, United States2 contributions
Great little museum with great staff, mostly free. We happened to get the only weekend where we could tour 2 passenger cars for a slight fee, which was great. Nice long enough train ride - socially distanced but not many chose to wear required mask.
Written October 4, 2021
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