Marker 461: Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society

© Photographed October 8, 2014
Erected 2001 by Wisconsin State Historical Society
North Freedom, Sauk County, Wisconsin
43° 27.632′ N, 89° 52.458′ W

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society has operated steam trains at North Freedom since 1963 preserving early 1900s railroading history. The museum runs vintage rolling stock on a branch line opened in 1903 to serve iron mines. Its collection of historic equipment includes the 1907 Chicago & North Western locomotive No. 1385, which is a rare survivor of the smaller steam trains that were once a common sight in Wisconsin. The equipment collection of Mid-Continent also shows skillfully crafted and decorated wood passenger and freight cars. Mid-Continent portrays the golden age of railroading, when railroads brought economic prosperity to many Wisconsin communities.
NOTE: Update May 2016: The marker was struck by a vehicle and knocked down and is currently in storage at the museum.

The Mid-Continent Railway Museum is located at E8948 Koch Road / Diamond Hill Road, North Freedom, Wisconsin 53951.

NOTE: This place is awesome!

Mid-Continent Railway Museum 

The Mid-Continent Experience
Take a memorable, seven-mile, 55-minute round-trip ride on a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railway nestled in a valley between the Baraboo Hills in rural Sauk County. Passengers ride in restored steel coaches built a century ago. An authentically-attired conductor will call "all aboard!" before the train leaves from an historic wooden depot, built in 1894.

Mid-Continent is much more than just a train ride. Our Coach Shed is filled with restored wooden passenger, freight cars and displays from the turn of the century. There you will find examples of Mid-Continent's nationally-renowned wood car restorations such as the Badger #2 "Fish Car", the exquisite Art Nouveau-motif of the Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western #63, the 1903-built Copper Range coach #60. In our outdoor display yard, you can inspect steam locomotives up-close, including Copper Range locomotive #29, Soo Line #2645 and Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #49. In all, there are nearly 40 train cars and locomotives on prominent display. 

A free self-guided tour pamphlet is available from the depot ticket window. Alternatively, the Mid-Continent Compendium is available from the ticket window for $5.00. It contains 104 pages of in-depth information and makes for a terrific souvenir.

 Dexter says, "All aboard!"

 The museum building.

 I could photograph this water tower all day long!

The marker is visible at center right.

Signage leading to museum location.

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