National Railroad Museum facts for kids
The Victor McCormick Train Pavilion (left) and Frederick J Lenfestey Center (right) at the National Railroad Museum.
Founded in 1956, by community volunteers in Green Bay, the National Railroad Museum is one of the oldest institutions in the United States dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nation's railroad history. Throughout its history, patron contributions have continued to create one of the largest railroad preservation institutions in the United States.
The National Railroad Museum has a large collection of rolling stock that spans more than a century of railroading and a number of historic locomotives, including an Aerotrain, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017 (One of the world's largest steam locomotive types), and British Railways Class A4 No. 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower (ex-London & North Eastern Railway No. 4496 Golden Shuttle) and train used by the Supreme Allied Commander and his staff in the United Kingdom and continental Europe during World War II.
In addition to the rolling stock, there is a museum building housing a wide variety of railroad artifacts, an archive, and photography gallery. There is also a standard gauge track around the perimeter of the grounds. There is also an 80-foot (24 m) high wooden observation tower with views of the Fox River and Green Bay. The museum hosts an annual Day Out with Thomas event, where Thomas the Tank Engine pulls young friends past the exhibited rolling stock.
In October of every year in preparation for Halloween, the grounds of the museum are the site of the Green Bay Preble Optimist Club's haunted attraction, "Terror on the Fox", which uses the trains for "haunted" rides through the grounds after dark, along with other attractions.
Rolling stock collection
|Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway||5011 class (2-10-4)||5017|
|Chesapeake and Ohio Railway||K-4 class||2736|
|Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad||SC-4 2-8-0 Consolidation||24|
|London and North Eastern Railway||A4 4-6-2||60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower||This locomotive is the only A4 class steam locomotive in the United States. It is also one of two A4 class remaining in North America; the other which is 4489 Dominion of Canada. It was temporarily displayed in England for the reuniting of the remaining six A4s. In 2014, the locomotive was returned to the museum. During its display in England, the locomotive was repainted to the accurate shade of Brunswick green.|
|Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway||E-1 class||506||First of ten E1 Class Santa Fe type (2-10-2) locomotives built for the Duluth Missabe & Northern by Alco in 1919. No. 506 was in service with the DM&IR until 1962 and was donated to the museum the same year.|
|Pardee and Curtin Lumber Company||12|
|Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line)||H-23 class (4-6-2)||2718|
|Sumter & Choctaw Railway||2-8-2||102||Has diesel engine in tender|
|United States Army||2-8-0||101||This locomotive was used in Korea, and the Korean name of this is 'Consolidation type no. 2-101'. It was since returned to the United States and is placed on display in a climate controlled shed.|
|Union Pacific Railroad||4000 class||4017||One of the largest articulated steam locomotives in the world. It is displayed in a climate controlled shed.|
|Wisconsin Central Ltd. (Ex - Fox River Valley Railroad)||EMD SD24||2402 (CBQ 510)||Ex-CBQ|
|Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road)||EMD E9A||38A|
|Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road)||FM H-10-44||767|
|Georgia Pacific Railway||Alco S-2||73 (Ex - 63-146)||EX-SBRR|
|Georgia Pacific Railway||Alco S-2||63-180 (Ex - Company 103)||(Ex-Fairport, Painesville and Eastern Railroad)|
|Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad||General Motors Aerotrain||Trainset 2||Comes with the main engine and two cars.
One of only two surviving trainsets
|Green Bay and Western Railroad||Alco C430||315|
|Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad (Later Ann Arbor Railroad)||Alco S-3||1 (Later 10, Currently painted as GBW 103)|
|Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway||EMD NW1||D538|
|Wisconsin Central Ltd.||EMD GP30||715||Ex-SOO|
|Southern Pacific Transportation Company||ALCO S-6||1203 (Currently painted as GBW 106)||Operational, mainly used for excursion runs around the museum property|
|Saint Paul Union Depot||GE 44-ton switcher||441|
|United States Army||GE 44-ton switcher||106|
|United States Army||ALCO RSD-1||8651|
|Wisconsin Central Ltd.||EMD SW1500||1563||Donated by Canadian National Railway on 11/13/19|
|Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway||Railway post office car||57|
|Atlantic Coast Line Railroad||Dining car||Dothan|
|Chicago and North Western Transportation Company||Bi-Level passenger car||32|
|Chicago and North Western Transportation Company||Combination Baggage/Passenger car||7411|
|Chicago and North Western Transportation Company||Hospital Service Car||Joseph Lister|
|Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad||Observation car||300 Silver Spirit||This observation car once served the Burlington Route, and has been recently restored. It is only used for the Polar Express line, and is displayed outdoors.|
|Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad||7 duplex bedroom, 4 section, 3 double bedroom, 1 compartment sleeping car||1269 Poplar River (ex GN - same name and number)||This train car was used on the Empire Builder.|
|Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad||Railway post office car||2330|
|Green Bay and Western Railroad||Combination Mail/Baggage/Express car||21 (ex passenger coach 52)|
|Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad||Passenger car||62|
|Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad||Combination Baggage/Passenger car||63|
|London and North Eastern Railway||Train car from the Dwight D. Eisenhower||1591||From Dwight D. Eisenhower's command train, and is coupled behind the locomotive.|
|London and North Eastern Railway||Train car from the Dwight D. Eisenhower||1592||From Dwight D. Eisenhower's command train, and is coupled behind the locomotive.|
|Northern Pacific Railway||Baggage car||1594||The Ex-NP dining car 1668|
|Pennsylvania Railroad||10 roomette, 5 double bedroom sleeping car||8077 "Cascade Cliff"|
|Pullman Company||Sleeping car||Pullman 8667 "Lake Mitchell"|
|Reading Company||X||Used as part of Terror on the Fox, a train ride during Halloween time.|
|Reading Company||Y||Used as part of Terror on the Fox.|
|Reading Company||Y||Currently painted as NRM "Josephine".|
|Tennessee Central Railway||Business car||(Monon) 100|
|Union Pacific Railroad||Astra Dome diner||8003||Used on the City of Los Angeles|
|Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad||Outside braced boxcar||3011|
|American Cyanamid||Covered hopper||134|
|Armour and Company||Refrigerator car||4408|
|Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway||Flatcar||206983|
|Union Refrigerated Transit Company||Refrigerator car||72733||leased to Black Hills Packing Company|
|Illinois Central Gulf Railroad||Flatcar||910302|
|Menasha Wooden Ware Company||Boxcar||242||This car is a replica|
|Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad||Ore hopper car||80374|
|Swift Refrigerator Line||Wooden refrigerator car||5156|
|Standard Oil||Single-dome tank car||9758|
|North American Car Company||Double door boxcar||50143|
|North American Car Company||Covered hopper||30133|
|PLM Railway||Forty-and-eights boxcar||From Merci Train|
|Richter Vinegar Company||Vinegar tank car||20|
|TTX Company||TOFC-service flatcar||970837|
Maintenance of way cars
|Burlington Northern Railroad||Jordan spreader||973127|
|Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad||Dynamometer car||30|
|Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad||Flange plow||100|
|Wisconsin Central Railway, subsidiary of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad||Wrecking crane||W-1|
|Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad||Wrecking crane idler car||X-|
|Ahnapee and Western Railway||Bay window caboose||33|
|Chicago Great Western Railway||Cupola caboose||622|
|Chicago and North Western Transportation Company||Bay window caboose||11217|
|Illinois Central Railroad||Wide vision caboose||199488|
|Kickapoo Valley and Northern||Caboose||2|
|Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad||Caboose||189 (Currently Soo Line 593)||Sold and moved to Stone Lake, WI|
|Anheuser-Busch||Plymouth 15 Tonner||X|
|Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad||208351|
|Schneider National||Semi-trailer||A508407 (Located on TTX Company TTWX 970837)|
The archives collection includes corporate records and documents, annual reports, maps, mechanical and engineering drawings, oral histories, and ephemera. The holdings represent various railroad companies, labor unions, and fraternal organizations.
The library collection represents a variety of topics surrounding the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of U.S. railroading history.
The National Railroad Museum houses over 5,000 artifacts, including textiles, uniforms, tools and personal items.
The photograph collection includes 15,000 photographic prints, slides, and film negatives representing railroading in the United States geographically from 1890 through the present day.
The museum is planning to construct a roundhouse that will surround the current buildings on the property (except the train station). This will provide protection from the weather for the locomotives and cars displayed in the open pavilion. The museum plans to invest in a 2-3 year fundraising effort to raise the money needed to construct the roundhouse.
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