National Railroad Museum

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The Victor McCormick Train Pavilion (left) and Frederick J Lenfestey Center (right) at the National Railroad Museum.
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.
The Bauer Drumhead Collection. These drumheads were saved from scrapped locomotives and other railroading equipment.

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

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 and spanning 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.

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.

LNER/British Railways A4 No. 60008 "Dwight D. Eisenhower" on display at the National Railroad Museum on April 26, 2004
The backhead (controls) of Big Boy 4000 Class No. 4017.

Rolling stock collection[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Railroad Class Road number Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 5011 class (2-10-4) No. 5017
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway K-4 class No. 2736
Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad SC-4 2-8-0 Consolidation No. 24
London and North Eastern Railway, UK A4 4-6-2 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower This locomotive is the only A4 class steam locomotive in the United States. 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 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 Has diesel engine in tender
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'. It was since returned to the United States and is placed on display in a climate controlled shed.
Union Pacific Railroad 4000 class No. 4017 One of the largest articulated steam locomotives in the world. It is displayed in a climate controlled shed.

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Railroad Class Road number Notes
Wisconsin Central Limited (Ex - Fox River Valley) EMD SD-24 No. 2402 (CB&Q 510) nee CBQ
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) E9A No. 38A
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) FM H-10-44 No. 767
Georgia-Pacific | Ex - South Buffalo Railway Alco S-2 No. 73 Ex - No. 63-146
Georgia-Pacific Ex Fairport, Painesville and Eastern Railroad Alco S-2 No. 63-180 Ex - Company No. 103
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad General Motors "Aerotrain" Trainset No. 2 Comes with the main engine and two cars.
Green Bay and Western Railroad Alco C430 No. 315
Manistique and Lake Superior Railway - Later Ann Arbor Railroad Alco S-3 No. 1 - Later No. 10. Currently painted as Green Bay Route No. 103
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway (later Minneapolis and St. Louis), and Tomahawk & Western EMC NW1 No. D538 - Later No. 90, then No. 90)
Soo Line Railroad (later Wisconsin Central Ltd.) EMD GP30 No. 715
Southern Pacific Railroad ALCO S-6 No. 1203 - Currently painted as Green Bay Route No. 106
St. Paul Union Depot GE 44-ton switcher No. 441
United States Army Center cab switcher No. 106
United States Army ALCO RSD-1 No. 8651
Wisconsin Central 715, a GP30.
PRR GG1 4890
The interior of observation car Silver Spirit

Electric locomotives[edit]

Railroad Class Road number Notes
Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 No. 4890 This locomotive used to serve for Amtrak, and was later repainted as a Pennsylvania Railroad engine.

Passenger cars[edit]

Railroad Type Road number Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Railway Post Office car No. 57
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Dining Car Dothan
Chicago and North Western Railway Bi-Level Passenger car 32
Chicago and North Western Railway Combination Baggage/Passenger car No. 7411
Chicago and North Western Railway Hospital Service Car Joseph Lister
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad observation car No. 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 (Burlington Route) 7 duplex bedroom, 4 section, 3 double bedroom, 1 compartment sleeping car No. 1269 Poplar River (ex Great Northern—same name and number) This train car was used on the Empire Builder
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad(Burlington Route) railway post office car No. 2330
Green Bay and Western Railroad (Green Bay Route) Combination Mail-Baggage-Express car No. 21 (ex passenger coach No. 52)
Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad Passenger car No. 62
Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad Combination baggage/passenger car No. 63
London and North Eastern Railway Train Car from the Dwight D. Eisenhower No. 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 No. 1592 From Dwight D. Eisenhower's command train, and is coupled behind the locomotive.
Northern Pacific Railway Baggage car No. 1594 The Ex-Northern Pacific dining car No. 1668
Pennsylvania Railroad 10 roomette 5 double bedroom sleeping car No. 8077 Cascade Cliff
Pullman Company sleeping car |Lake Mitchell (passenger car) Pullman No. 8667 "Lake Mitchell"
Reading Company No. X Used as part of Terror on the Fox, a train ride during Halloween time.
Reading Company No. Y Used as part of Terror on the Fox
Reading Company No. Z Currently painted as NRM "Josephine"
Tennessee Central Railway Business car (Monon) No. 100
Union Pacific Railroad Astra Dome dome diner No. 8003 Used on the City of Los Angeles

Freight cars[edit]

Railroad Type Road number Notes
Akron, Canton & Youngstown Outside braced boxcar No. 3011
American Cyanamid Covered hopper No. CYX 134
Armour and Company refrigerator car PCX 4408
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Flat car No. 206983
Union Refrigerated Transit Company refrigerator car URTX 72733 leased to Black Hills Packing Company
Illinois Central Gulf Flat car No. ICG 910302
Menasha Wooden Ware Company boxcar 242 This car is actually a replica
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway ore hopper car SOO 80374
Swift Refrigerator Line wooden refrigerator car No. SRLX5156
Standard Oil Company Single-dome tank car No. AMOX 9758
North American Car Company double door boxcar No. NADX 50143
North American Car Company covered hopper No. NAHX 30133
PLM Railway (France) Forty-and-eights boxcar From Merci Train
Richter Vinegar Company Vinegar tank car No. RVCX 20
TTX Company TOFC-service flat car No. TTWX 970837

Maintenance of way cars[edit]

Railroad Type Road number Notes
Burlington Northern Railroad Jordan spreader BN 973127
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Dynamometer car No. 30
Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad Flange plow No. 100
Wisconsin Central Railway subsidiary of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad ("Soo Line") Wrecking Crane W-1
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad Wrecking crane idler car No. X-

Cabooses[edit]

Kickapoo Valley and Western cupola caboose painted in Milwaukee Road scheme
Milwaukee Road cupola caboose
Railroad Type Road number Notes
Ahnapee and Western Railway bay window caboose No. 33
Chicago Great Western Railroad Cupola caboose No. 622
Chicago and North Western Bay window caboose No. 11217
Illinois Central Wide vision caboose No. 199488
Kickapoo Valley and Northern Caboose No. 2
Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Caboose No. 189 - Currently Soo Line No. 593 Sold and moved to Stone Lake WI.

Other equipment[edit]

Railroad Type Road number Notes
Anheuser-Busch Plymouth 15 Tonner No. X
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy No. 208351
Kohler Company Trackmobile No. X
Schneider National Semi-trailer No. A508407 - (Located on TTX Company No. TTWX 970837)

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.

Capital campaign[edit]

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 two- to three-year fundraising effort to raise the money needed to construct the roundhouse.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

http://nationalrrmuseum.org/support-giving/capital-campaign/

External links[edit]

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