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The National Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Ashwaubenonmarker, Wisconsinmarker, in suburban Green Baymarker.

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 Statesmarker.

The National Railroad Museum has a large collection of rolling stock andspanning more than a century of railroading and a number of historic locomotives, including an Aerotrain, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017 (arguably the world's largest steam locomotive type), and the British Railways A4 Class 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 Kingdommarker 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. The grounds also contain an extensive model railroad housed in a separate building and a standard gauge track around the perimeter of the grounds. There is also an 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.

History

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. 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

Steam locomotives

Railroad Class Road number Notes
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 5011 class No. 5017
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway K-4 class No. 2736
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
("Milwaukee Road")
Class S3 No. 261 Restored to working order

In an e-mail dated Tuesday, November 17, 2009, Steve Sandberg, COO of the Friends of the 261, informed the National Railroad Museum that his organization has decided to discontinue operating former Milwaukee Road steam locomotive #261, according to Michael E. Telzrow, executive director of the National Railroad Museum. Per the terms of the current agreement, The Friends of the 261 are now responsible for returning the locomotive to the Museum.
Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad 2-8-0 No. 24
London and North Eastern Railway (Great Britain) A4 class British Railways 60008 "Dwight D. Eisenhower"
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 No. 2718
Sumter and Choctaw Railroad 2-8-2 No. 102
United States Army 2-8-0 No. 101
Union Pacific Railroad 4000 class No. 4017


Diesel locomotives



Electric locomotives



Passenger cars

The interior of observation car Silver Spirit


Freight cars



Maintenance of way cars



Cabooses

Milwaukee Road cupola caboose


Other equipment



Other collections

Archives collection

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

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

Artifact collection

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

Photograph collection

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.

References

  1. Railinc, Search MARKs, accessed September 2009


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