National Railroad Museum

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This article is about the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. For information about other railroad museums see National Railway Museum (disambiguation)
US Army No. 101, a Consolidation Class 2-8-0 on display at the National Railroad Museum on April 26, 2004. This locomotive was built for use in France during WWI but never made it there. The original European style cab was replaced by an American style one.
A display of several railroad drumheads in the Frederick Bauer Drumhead Gallery.
LNER/British Railways A4 No. 60008 "Dwight D. Eisenhower" on display at the National Railroad Museum on April 26, 2004
The Victor McCormick Train Pavilion (left) and Frederick J Lenfestey Center (right) at the National Railroad Museum.

The National Railroad Museum (reporting mark NRMX)[1] is a railroad museum located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, in suburban Green Bay.

The museum is one of the oldest institutions in the United States dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nation's railroad history. It was founded in 1956 by community volunteers in Green Bay. 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 and spanning more than a century of railroading and a number of historic locomotives, including an Aerotrain, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017 (The world's largest steam locomotive type), 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 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.

History[edit]

The origin of the National Railroad Museum dates to 1956, when local residents advanced the concept of a national museum dedicated to American railroad history. Two years later, a joint resolution of Congress recognized the museum as the National Railroad Museum.[2] Since then, the museum has operated as a privately funded 501(c)(3) educational organization with a mission to foster an understanding of railroading and its significance to American Life. What began as an effort to acquire a single steam locomotive for a city park has grown into one of the largest railroad museums in the nation. It now serves over 75,000 visitors annually. Today, a professional staff of 12 and more than 100 unpaid staff members welcome visitors from all over the world.

Rolling stock collection[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Railroad Class Road number Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 5011 class Class Engine Survives (2-10-4) No. 5017
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway K-4 class No. 2736
Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad 2-8-0 No. 24
London and North Eastern Railway, UK A4 4-6-2 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Moved to the National Railway Museum, York, United Kingdom, on a three-year loan in late 2012. Returned to Green Bay in June 2014.
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad E-1 class No. 506
Pardee and Curtin Lumber Company No. 12
Pullman Car and Manufacturing Company No. 29
Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie ("Soo Line") H-23 class (4-6-2) No. 2718
Sumter and Choctaw Railroad 2-8-2 No. 102
United States Army 2-8-0 No. 101 This locomotive was used in Korea, and the Korean name of this is 'Consolidation type no. 2-101'.
Union Pacific Railroad 4000 class No. 4017

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Wisconsin Central 715, a GP30.

Electric locomotives[edit]

PRR GG1 4890

Passenger cars[edit]

The interior of observation car Silver Spirit

Freight cars[edit]

Maintenance of way cars[edit]

Cabooses[edit]

Milwaukee Road cupola caboose

Other equipment[edit]

Other collections[edit]

Archives collection[edit]

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.

Library collection[edit]

The library collection represents a variety of topics surrounding the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of U.S. railroading history.

Artifact collection[edit]

The National Railroad Museum houses over 5,000 artifacts, including textiles, uniforms, tools and personal items.

Photograph collection[edit]

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.

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Coordinates: 44°29′02.73″N 88°02′55.12″W / 44.4840917°N 88.0486444°W / 44.4840917; -88.0486444