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Mid-Continent Railway Museum


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E8948 Diamond Hill Road
North Freedom, WI 53951
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04/01 - 10/31

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,"" spanning the years 1880-1916, with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock.



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  • Jesse Billington posted 2 months ago
    "This is the only place that I've seen with a Shay in beautiful condition. If you don't know, a Shay is a steam locomotive designed for logging railroads, because it uses a complex piston and gear system instead of the normal piston/drive shaft system hit see on regular steam engines. Anyway, due to the rarity of these it's extremely rare to find. On top of that, they have numerous engines, cars, and other such, and it's completely free to view. There is a tour, on rails, with two coach cars that are over a hundred years old, fully restored for use. Currently it is pulled by a diesel locomotive, but I've been told by staff next year (2018) they hope to have a few weeks where they can operate a steam locomotive (shamefully, coal prices are 3-4 times higher than they have been in the past few years). Tickets are $20 for adults, with child and senior discounts. Wheelchair users are welcome, they have a full lift system. All in all, well worth the visit"
  • Henry Minis posted 1 month ago
    "Easily one of my favorite date nights of my life so far! Everyone there is so passionate about antique trains! They can't wait to share their passion with others! Can't recommend highly enough!"
  • Derek Larsen posted 15 days ago
    "Awesome place if you love trains. Even though it's closed now for the season, still tons of trains to look at outside. However I will be back again real soon."
  • Judith Hutchinson posted 2 months ago
    "We had such a fun day! The lady conductor was so friendly and nice. Everyone was so accommodating and they have a place to get souvenirs. It is a great place to take young and old who enjoy the history and fun of riding trains."
  • Paul Smith posted 2 months ago
    "Nice display of rolling stock - steam locomotives, passenger and freight cars, railroad utility cars (e.g. a wooden rotary snowplow). The scenic ride is a short and easy trip with fascinating history. This out-of-the-way museum is well worth the trip."