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Fennimore Railroad Historical Society Museum


Fennimore Railroad Museum

This delightful museum is rich with the history of Fennimore Railroad lore.

The Dinky Historical Marker

The Dinky Train is proudly displayed !

Narrow-Gauge Steam Locomotive

The historical society members running the museum  were happy to take their picture with us. Such nice people!  His name is Gerald Rossing, a retired contractor in Fennimore who now devotes time to the museum, along with his wife.  After a few more customers came in, Gerald took us all for a train ride, $1 each.

Gerald and Marian Rossing and Us

Fennimore Train ride

All Aboard!

After our ride we further explored the other exhibits.

Fennimore Railroad Museum Water Tower

Northwestern Railroad Maintenance Car

Train Shed

We had a wonderful time here, bring the kids if you have them. If not, BE a kid like us 🙂  There was even a train for kids to play in and on.Kid's Play Train

We headed for home, on the way we passed another artifact of the steam Train era in Montfort.  It was a Coal Tower.  It used to hold coal to refuel the steam  trains, perhaps even the very Dinky train we just saw. Kind of haunting in apearance.

Montfort Wisconsin Sign

Railroad Coal Tower

We had a good trip and plan on returning soon as possible.

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



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.

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

Fall Colors 3

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.


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!


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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