"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
This delightful museum is rich with the history of Fennimore Railroad lore.
The Dinky Train is proudly displayed !
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.
After our ride we further explored the other exhibits.
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.
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.
We had a good trip and plan on returning soon as possible.
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!