Mid Continent Railway Museum North Freedom
Where is it at?
Mid Continent Railway Museum
E8948 Diamond Hill Rd
Where are we going today?
Choo choo....now, we all know that the train is a HUGE part of our lives! After all, it's a great way to get from A to B for those family vacations. But, locomotives also have a fascinating history in the USA, and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum is dedicated to teaching the family just that!
The Mid-Continent Railway Museum located in Wisconsin is a fascinating, outdoor, living museum that recreates what life would have been like in the small towns of the late 19th century / early 20th century during what was known as the "Golden Age of Railroading".
In fact, it is actually the years of 1880 to 1916 that they focus on, so kids can really learn all about history first hand!
The museum is much more than a "look but don't touch" experience that other museums are. Here, there are operating trains, as well as educational exhibits that feature a host of artifacts from this golden age of transportation.
There are even displays of restored rolling stock!
"But we want to ride a train!" we hear you say. Great! You're in the right place! The Mid-Continent Railway Museum also has a number of train ride options that will give you all the fun you could ask for.
Why not take a 7 mile, 55 minute round trip on a former branch line, where you can actually ride in restored steel coaches that are over a century old! Your conductor will be wearing period dress, and once he calls "All Aboard" you know you are about to leave the depot that is just as historical (it was built in 1894!)
The museum also offers dinner trains with 5 course gourmet dishes, Autumn trains, snow trains, and even the very tasty BBQ and pizza trains! These are great for kids too!
So climb aboard to not only learn the history of the golden age of railroading, but have a great time actually riding one!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsTrain tours individually priced. Includes museum admisison
- ChildrenTrain tours individually priced
When can we go?
Train times vary so check when you book
Seasonal so call ahead
If you get tickets for one of their tasty food trains (wine and cheese, BBQ, pizza and dinner) then you have plenty of food options to choose from!.
If you haven't booked a food tour, it's best to take your own bottled water and a few healthy snacks for the journey. .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you book ahead for the train trips as some don't occur frequently and often book out quickly.
Doing our bit
They are dedicated to preserving the stories, locomotives and artifacts from this amazing period in USA history. And great news for you!.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs just give them a call ahead of time to see how they can help you .
Make sure you check the tours available around the holidays as often they are seasonal and great family fun!.
What people are saying?
by Lynne Kissner
We thoroughly enjoyed our ride and visit to the museum. Answers were given for any questions we had, the train cars were beautifully restored, and the ride was relaxing. Of course, typical Wisconsin farmland for most of the scenery and also some old trains to see. I would recommend it to railroad enthusiasts and children 3-12 and their grandparents.
by Richard Colby
Excellent small-town museum. As a non-profit, volunteer organization, it is an amazing operation. The branchline was built over 110 years ago, so yes, it is very clustered with a variety of nature. It is not "fast" because it was never built for fast trains. It takes time, money, and effort to keep trains that old running. Do not criticize it, ask volunteers questions, do not make judegments. Any person would be happy to tell you the history of the museum and its trains. I'm happy to have been an employee here for the past 5 years now.
by George Morrison
It is ok but the national railroad museum and lake superior railroad museum are much better. I do wish them well in their preservation efforts
by Barbara Olson
My father is a railroad enthusiast. He hasn't been able to get around well lately. He recently got a electric wheelchair and one of the first stops on his first trip out of the house in years was this train ride. There was a group of 19 who went along with him. Everyone we met was accommodating, friendly and helpful. The conductors on the train were very knowledgeable and were fellow train enthusiasts which made the trip more enjoyable. We all had a fun time and even learned a thing or two about old trains. Some great memories were made that...Read More
by Jeremy Peplinski
I go to Mid-Continent quite often. The train ride is fun, though the scenery is not always the most interesting. The ride provides chances to take pictures, but the trains in the yard always provide great photography opportunities, no matter the time of year.
by Barbara Olson
My father is a railroad enthusiast. He hasn't been able to get around well lately. He recently got a electric wheelchair and one of the first stops on his first trip out of the house in years was this train ride. There was a group of 19 who went along with him. Everyone we met was accommodating, friendly and helpful. The conductors on the train were very knowledgeable and were fellow train enthusiasts which made the trip more enjoyable. We all had a fun time and even learned a thing or two about old trains. Some great memories were made that day. Thank you.