Mid-Continent Railway Museum

mcrm_state Since its beginning in 1963, the Mid-Continent Railway Museum has operated steam locomotives and railway equipment on its ex-Chicago & Northwestern trackage at North Freedom, Wisconsin. The museum stables 14 steam engines, 6 diesel-electrics, and a large collection of passenger equipment, operating displays and trains on a regular schedule throughout the year. The facility offers a 55-minute round-trip train ride on a former branch line nestled in a valley between the Baraboo Hills in rural Sauk County.


Founded in 1959 as the Railway Historical Society of Milwaukee, its sole purpose has been to perpetuate the heritage of steam railroads through the operation and display of authentic railroad equipment. The first attempt to fulfill this mission took place at Hillsboro, Wisconsin, in 1962. But the rules of the rail line owner required the fledgling group to pull its coaches with gas power and leave the steamers for display only. In 1963 the society purchased 4.2 miles of track from the Chicago & North Western Railroad and moved its operations to North Freedom, Wisconsin. That year society members offered steam train rides under their new name, the Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc. The year 2000 marks our 37th season of operation at North Freedom. In 1998, more than 44,000 visitors enjoyed the sights and sounds of railroading as it was done in the early part of this century.

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Motive Power

Western Coal & Coke #1

  • builder:Montreal Locomotive Company
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • built:Dec 1912, Montreal #53632
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt for Western Coal & Coke #1, 1912
    to Lethbridge Collieries, 1935
    retired at Plyami, Alberta, 1964
    to Mid-Continent Rwy Museum, 1965
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    Dardanelle & Russellville #9

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • built:1884, Baldwin #7469
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt as New Orleans & North Eastern #232
    to Dardanelle & Russellville #9
    to Mid-Continent Rwy Museum, 1963
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    Central Illinios Public Service #6

  • builder:Vulcan Lomotive Works
  • arrangement:0-4-0T switcher
  • built:1923, Vulcan #3376
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt for the DuPont Company as #4
    to Central Illinios PS as #6 in 1953
    to Mid Continent Rwy Museum in 1965
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    This page was updated on 2017-08-25