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Mid-Continent Railway Museum Reviews
Our visit to Mid-Continent Railway Museum was occasioned by their expansive selection of Dinner Train Rides -- specifically the Autumn Color Elegant Dinner Train ride. It was an absolutely splendid ex... more »
This museum has a large collection of steam era locomotives and rolling stock, including some rare and unique items. They have a rare "Shay" locomotive from the Goodman Lumber Company a rotary snow pl... more »
On a lovely warm Fall day a trip up to the Mid-Continent Railway Museum was an enjoyable experience. There are good exhibits of restored wooden railway cars, freight cars and engines on the tracks to ... more »
What a wonderful place for a quiet day of activity. I brought my kids for a ride on the Santa Express and it was so great to see their faces light up when the train started moving. The staff is all very knowledgeable and I think most of them are volunteers. I would love to come back without the kids just so I can spend some time looking at the details.
This is the only place that I've seen with a Shay in beautiful condition. If you don't know, a Shay is a steam locomotive designed for logging railroads, because it uses a complex piston and gear system instead of the normal piston/drive shaft system hit see on regular steam engines. Anyway, due to the rarity of these it's extremely rare to find. On top of that, they have numerous engines, cars, and other such, and it's completely free to view. There is a tour, on rails, with two coach cars that are over a hundred years old, fully restored for use. Currently it is pulled by a diesel locomotive, but I've been told by staff next year (2018) they hope to have a few weeks where they can operate a steam locomotive (shamefully, coal prices are 3-4 times higher than they have been in the past few years). Tickets are $20 for adults, with child and senior discounts. Wheelchair users are welcome, they have a full lift system. All in all, well worth the visit
I won't try to pretend like I am all that interested in "trains", but I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 hour stop here. The museum was not merely about trains, but the history of the advancement of transportation and technology in transportation. I found it thoroughly interesting and would stop in again.
Easily one of my favorite date nights of my life so far! Everyone there is so passionate about antique trains! They can't wait to share their passion with others! Can't recommend highly enough!
Awesome place if you love trains. Even though it's closed now for the season, still tons of trains to look at outside. However I will be back again real soon.
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