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National Railroad Museum

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 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.

HistoryEdit

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 September 16, 2010.
 
The backhead (controls) of Big Boy 4000 Class No. 4017.

Rolling stock collectionEdit

Steam locomotivesEdit

Railroad Class Road number Notes
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
Pardee and Curtin Lumber Company 12
Pullman Company 29
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.

Diesel locomotivesEdit

Railroad Model Road number Notes
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.
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)
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
 
Wisconsin Central 715, a GP30.
 
PRR GG1 4890
 
The interior of observation car Silver Spirit

Electric locomotivesEdit

Railroad Class Road number Notes
Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 4890 This locomotive used to serve for Amtrak, and was later repainted as a Pennsylvania Railroad engine.

Passenger carsEdit

Railroad Type Road number Notes
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

Freight carsEdit

Railroad Type Road number Notes
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 carsEdit

Railroad Type Road number
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-

CaboosesEdit

 
Kickapoo Valley and Western cupola caboose painted in the Milwaukee Road scheme
Railroad Type Road number Notes
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

Other equipmentEdit

Railroad Type Road number
Anheuser-Busch Plymouth 15 Tonner X
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 208351
Kohler Co. Trackmobile X
Schneider National Semi-trailer A508407 (Located on TTX Company TTWX 970837)

Other collectionsEdit

Archives collectionEdit

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 collectionEdit

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

Artifact collectionEdit

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

Photograph collectionEdit

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 campaignEdit

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]

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