10-9-10 and 8-27-11
The fall colors were all over Wisconsin and it was time for the Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s Fall Color Train rides. The working train with restored antique cars and museum are located in North Freedom. We were excited, as it was our first train ride together.
It was time to board the train, lots of people were there to enjoy the ride. The duration is about an hour. I got a Railroad Engineer hat on this visit that I wore on our 2nd visit in 2011.
It was time to go! The Conductor came by and collected the tickets and told us about the railroad’s history.
The train went through groves of trees that were brilliant with color, the passengers were plastered to the windows, gasping in delight at the beauty.
The trip went out 7 miles from the depot. The engine car then had to detach from the train and then the back became the front on the return journey.
The return trip was just as pretty, we saw the other side of the tracks better.
As we made our way back, we could see other cars still being restored. Upon disembarking we further explored the museum.
Here is a large steam engine from the 1800’s, beautiful!
There is also a museum building where you can see various railroad car displays.
There is also a picnic area outside with some concessions in the summer.
We had a great two visits here, with another one planned for the August 24-25 weekend this year, when they uncover their newly restored Copper Range #25 car.
After our ride we ate at a delightful restaurant that continues the train theme, the Railroad Inn Cafe. It’s just a short distance down the street from the museum.
Make a day of exploring Wisconsin railroad history!
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