All Aboard! The Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid- Continent Railroad Museum

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.

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society

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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.

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It was time to go!  The Conductor came by and collected the tickets and told us about the railroad’s history.

Railroad Conductor

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.

Fall Color 1

Fall Colors 2

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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.

Diesel Train Engine

The return trip was just as pretty, we saw the other side of the tracks better.

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Train La Rue

Train Car restorations

As we made our way back, we could see other cars still being restored.  Upon  disembarking we further explored the museum.

Disembarking Train

Here is a large steam engine from the 1800’s, beautiful!

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Red Caboose

Crossing Tower

Crossing Tower

Water Tower

Water Tower

There is also a museum building where you can see various railroad car displays.

Coach Shed

There is also a picnic area outside with some concessions in the summer.

Mid-Continent Railway picnic area

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.

Railroad Inn in North Freedom

Make a day of exploring Wisconsin railroad history!

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