Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid-Continent Railway Museum
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsSpeciality Museums
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Resort34001675734
    Wisconsin2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Rainy day but the train ride, conductor and engineer were terrific. Great history and everyone spoke loud and clear. We’re able to speak with the engineer at the turn about and he showed us the engine and how the train is controlled. Very much worth the money.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Safari568712
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great learning experience.
    If you're a train buff, you won't be disappointed. The restoration work that's going on here is nothing short of remarkable, and it's all done by volunteers. There are two huge sheds containing historical engines and cars in various stages of restoration, and the completed ones are absolutely stunning! The train rides are fun, and the staff; all volunteer, couldn't be nicer, There's lots of historical information in the museum and the gift shop. There's nothing fancy about the place, but It's not meant to be an amusement park.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Kate Illinois1
    Illinois4,722 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable visit
    Beautiful restoration work. Everyone working here are volunteers with the exception of office staff. We enjoyed exploring the grounds admiring the restored cars, engines and caboose'. Then we purchased a ticket for train ride and observe the switching tracks. The ride was very educational and the president of the organization joined our ride to observe someone in training. He is an exceptional asset to this museum and has a wealth of knowledge. A memorable experience and would recommend others to support this museum by visiting. Restrooms and a pavillion with picnic tables on site. Ample parking.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Barry G
    Glendive, Montana271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Train Ride for Families and Those Interested in Railroads
    Wife and I were here 41 years ago during our honeymoon. This time, we had a daughter and her four children join us here for the train ride and the various exhibits on the grounds. It's about a one hour ride in some very old Lackawana railroad passenger cars pulled by a diesel locomotive. When we were here 41 years ago we believe it was pulled by a steam engine at that time. Lots of rail equipment to view and lots of extremely nicely restored equipment in a couple of display buildings. A non-profit operation so they could always use your support as well as your time as a volunteer. They also have a fabulous gift shop in the station that has many items for sale for young children to adults who are collectors. If interested in railroads, make this a stop on your list.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Lindsay W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience, highly recommend
    What a wonderful hidden gem!! We had an amazing visit with our 3 year old who lives trains. The train ride was wonderful and so cool to watch the engine switch directions to take us back to the station! There are so many wonderful train cars to see all over the grounds and the volunteers all are happy to take the time to talk with you about anything and answer any questions. We will definitely be back!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Homecroft56
    Nineveh, Indiana463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great collection of rolling stock
    Great collection of rolling stock, some stored outside plus two large buildings store more. We rode the train on a Saturday morning. 20 minutes out, get off for 20 minutes, and 20 minutes back to the station. Good train ride for kids. Great way to learn about transportation history of the USA for over 100 years.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Falon M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommend!
    We had a TON of fun with our whole family - 4 kids ages 5-15 for the Santa/Christmas ride! Singing Christmas Carole’s, the conductor reading “The Night Before Christmas” and of course the kids favorite talking to Santa! Highly Recommend!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
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311jerry
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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monygal65
O'Fallon, IL29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • 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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dairyboy
Cincinnati98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
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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Falon M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We had a TON of fun with our whole family - 4 kids ages 5-15 for the Santa/Christmas ride! Singing Christmas Carole’s, the conductor reading “The Night Before Christmas” and of course the kids favorite talking to Santa! Highly Recommend!!
Written November 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Barry G
Glendive, MT271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Wife and I were here 41 years ago during our honeymoon. This time, we had a daughter and her four children join us here for the train ride and the various exhibits on the grounds. It's about a one hour ride in some very old Lackawana railroad passenger cars pulled by a diesel locomotive. When we were here 41 years ago we believe it was pulled by a steam engine at that time. Lots of rail equipment to view and lots of extremely nicely restored equipment in a couple of display buildings. A non-profit operation so they could always use your support as well as your time as a volunteer. They also have a fabulous gift shop in the station that has many items for sale for young children to adults who are collectors. If interested in railroads, make this a stop on your list.
Written August 9, 2023
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Karen R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
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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Gary H
madison, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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Jennifer Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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Safari568712
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
If you're a train buff, you won't be disappointed. The restoration work that's going on here is nothing short of remarkable, and it's all done by volunteers. There are two huge sheds containing historical engines and cars in various stages of restoration, and the completed ones are absolutely stunning! The train rides are fun, and the staff; all volunteer, couldn't be nicer, There's lots of historical information in the museum and the gift shop. There's nothing fancy about the place, but It's not meant to be an amusement park.
Written May 28, 2023
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Bruce014
Near Chicago, Illinois142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We enjoyed seeing cabooses, engines and various railcars from a bygone era. Rail lines whose names we had heard of. Our grandson enjoyed the one-hour train ride in the hundred-year-old passenger cars from a former commuter rail line. Staff and volunteers were very helpful.
Written August 29, 2021
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