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Tourist Railroads & Museums - Midwest Region

This page provides a directory of tourist railroads, scenic train rides, steam trains, and railroad museums in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.

America by Rail - Escorted rail tours by Amtrak and Via Rail throughout North America
North Platte Rail Fest - Annual celebration of railroading in North Platte, Nebraska
Tourist Trains Guidebook - Guide to 470 tourist railroads, train rides, and railroad museums

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad - 10-mile diesel and steam-powered train excursions; Abilene, Kansas

AC&J Scenic Line - 12-mile diesel-powered excursion over the last remaining portion of the New York Central's Ashtabula to Pittsburgh "High Grade" passenger mainline; Jefferson, Ohio

Algoma Central Railway - One day wilderness rail excursions from Sault Ste. Marie to Agawa Canyon, plus regular passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario, Canada

Amboy Depot Museum - Illinois Central Railroad depot in Amboy, Illinois serves as a museum with many artifacts related to the railroad and surrounding area

Atchison Railroad Museum - Home of Baldwin Locomotive Works #811, the last of 23 such units of the 789 class; Atchison, Kansas

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot - Restored 1907 B&O depot with railroad exhibits; Mount Vernon, Ohio

Batavia Depot Museum - Railroad artifacts and photos in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot in Batavia, Illinois

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Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad - 6-mile diesel-powered excursions from Belton, Missouri

Black Hills Central Railroad (1880 Train) - 20-mile steam excursions in the Black Hills of western South Dakota

Bluewater Michigan Chapter, NRHS - Dedicated to the preservation of railroad history, offering diesel-powered excursions with a restored passenger car fleet; Royal Oak, Michigan

Bonanzaville USA - History museum complex with a Northern Pacific 4-4-0 steam engine; West Fargo, North Dakota

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad - Steam and diesel excursion trains and dinner trains from Boone, Iowa

Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum - Dedicated to preserving railroad heritage in Bradford, Ohio

Branson Scenic Railway - 40-mile diesel excursions through Ozark foothills and tunnels; Branson, Missouri

Brodhead Historical Society - Operates a restored 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul depot with railroad equipment on display; Brodhead, Wisconsin

Brookville Railroad Depot - Restored Pennsylvania Railroad depot and caboose in Brookville, Ohio

Byesville Scenic Railway - 9 mile diesel and steam powered excursions from Byesville to Pleasant City, Ohio

Carthage, Knightstown & Shirley (CKS) Railroad - 10-mile round-trip diesel excursions from Knightstown, Indiana

Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad - Unofficial site with a locomotive roster, history, and photos; Sandusky, Ohio

Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad - Two mile excursions in Cedar Point amusement park using a collection of six narrow gauge steam engines; Sandusky, Ohio

Chatham Railroad Museum - Restored depot operated by the Chicago & Illinois Midland Chapter, NRHS; Chatham, Illinois

Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot - Restored 1879 depot with C&A RR collectibles in Independence, Missouri

Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Society Museum - Watseka Union Station in Watseka, Illinois

Cincinnati Dinner Train - 2.5-hour dinner train with restored 1940's vintage dining cars, operates Saturday nights in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Union Terminal - Restored 1933 station houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Children's Museum; Cincinnati, Ohio

Clinton Northern Railway - Restored Grand Trunk Depot, Ann Arbor crew car, RPO car, and Barney & Smith sleeper car; St. Johns, Michigan

Cody Park Railroad Museum - Union Pacific artifacts and equipment on display including a UP Challenger steam locomotive, UP DD40AX diesel locomotive, baggage car, mail car, and caboose; North Platte, Nebraska

Colfax Railroad Museum - Exhibits railroad equipment from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, plus collections of railroad lanterns, china, and paper weights; Colfax, Wisconsin

Conneaut Area Historical Society - Operates a railroad museum in a former NYC depot in Conneaut, Ohio

Coopersville and Marne Railway - 14-mile, one hour, diesel excursions and theme trains including The Great Train Robbery and others; Coopersville, Michigan

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Diesel-powered excursions through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio

Day Out With Thomas - Full-size replicas of Thomas the Tank Engine operate on tourist railroads throughout the US and Canada

Dennison Depot Railroad Museum - Museum, restaurant, and gift shop housed in an 1873 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot; Dennison, Ohio

Depot Railroad Museum, The - Museum of Monon railroad history in Salem, Indiana

Durand Union Station - Michigan Railroad History Museum - Photos, documents, and artifacts of Michigan railroading; Durand, Michigan

Durham Museum - Housed in Omaha’s historic Union Station designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the classic art deco style; restored to its original beauty and houses more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits, highlighting the history of the region and the railroad

East Troy Electric Railroad Museum - Operates streetcars and interurbans as well as dinner trains using former South Shore equipment; Mukwonago, Wisconsin to East Troy, Wisconsin

Eldon Depot Museum - Depot of the Rock Island Line in Eldon, Iowa, restored into a railroad museum

Ellis Railroad Museum - Railroad artifacts and layout with a 1/3 scale General Motors Aero Streamliner that travels along a 2.5 mile track; Ellis, Kansas

End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum - HO scale model railroad and exhibits depict the Currie railroad yards in 1900; Currie, Minnesota

EnterTRAINment Junction - 25,000 sq. ft. indoor model railroad with 90 G scale trains and more than two miles of track; West Chester, Ohio

Fenelon Place Elevator Company - 296 foot long railway elevates passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place in Dubuque, Iowa

Fennimore Railroad Historical Society Museum - Home of the narrow gauge Dinky, a 1907 Davenport 2-6-0 locomotive, plus a 15" gauge railroad with 700 feet of track; Fennimore, Wisconsin

Flushing Area Historical Society - Displays railroad artifacts in a restored 1888 depot; Flushing, Michigan

Fort Lincoln Trolley - 4.5 mile trolley excursions from Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park; Mandan, North Dakota

Fort Payne Depot Museum - Former train depot with railroad and historical artifacts; Fort Payne, Alabama

Fox River Trolley Museum - 3-mile, 25-minute round trip along the Fox River; South Elgin, Illinois

Fremont & Elkhorn Valley Railroad - Operates diesel excursions on 17 miles of track from Fremont to Hooper, Nebraska

Fremont Dinner Train - 3-1/2 hour weekend dinner excursions from Fremont, Nebraska using the tracks of the Fremont and Elkhorn Valley RR

Galesburg Railroad Museum - Displays historic railroad equipment including CB&Q steam engine 3006; Galesburg, Illinois

Golden Spike Tower - Viewing tower at Union Pacific's Bailey Yard Visitor Center in North Platte, Nebraska

Great Overland Station, The - Restored 1927 Union Pacific depot with exhibits on the history of Topeka and the railroading heritage of Kansas

Great Plains Transportation Museum - Diverse collection includes Santa Fe 4-8-4 steam locomotive #3768; Wichita, Kansas

Haley Tower Historical & Technical Society - Operates the Wabash Valley Railroader's Museum museum with working interlocking tower in Terre Haute, Indiana

Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society - Operates a railroading museum and 4,000 square foot HO scale model train layout; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village - Steam and diesel train rides on the Weiser Railroad through the museum's extensive transportation collection; Dearborn, Michigan

Hesston Steam Museum - Operates 7-1/2" and 14" gauge railroads, steam sawmill, steam crane, and more; Hesston, Indiana

Historic Pullman Foundation - Preserves the history of George Pullman, the Pullman Company, and the Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Illinois

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway - 22-mile diesel excursions from mid-April through December; Nelsonville, Ohio

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum - Collection of rolling stock including C&O 2-8-4 #2789 steam engine; North Judson, Indiana

Houghton County Historical Museum - Home of the Copper Country Railroad Heritage Center and Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, including an interpretative program, steam train rides, and HO scale layout; Lake Linden, Michigan

Huckleberry Railroad - 8-mile steam excursions from Crossroads Village, Flint, Michigan

Huckleberry Railroad Photos - Winter photos of a steam excursion through the snow in Flint, Michigan

Illinois Railway Museum - Displays more than 400 pieces of historic railroad equipment; Union, Illinois

Indiana Railway Museum & French Lick Scenic Railway - 20-mile diesel excursions from French Lick, Indiana

Indiana Transportation Museum - Museum and 22-mile diesel-powered excursions; Noblesville, Indiana

Iowa Trolley Park - Handcar, speeder, and diesel locomotive rides in Clear Lake, Iowa

Iron Mountain Iron Mine - Underground mine tours by train; Iron Mountain, Michigan

Ironhorse Central Railroad Museum - Offers steam and diesel train rides in Chisago City, Minnesota

Jackson Street Roundhouse - Built by the Great Northern Railroad in 1907 to service their passenger-service steam locomotives; now a museum of Minnesota railroading; St. Paul, Minnesota

Jefferson County Historical Society - Restored 1895 Pennsylvania Railroad station and caboose in Madison, Indiana

Jefferson Depot - Restored 1872 depot contains railroad memorabilia for display; Jefferson, Ohio

Kankakee Railroad Museum - Railroad memorabilia and operating N, HO, & O gauge layouts; Kankakee, Illinois

KC Rail Experience - Railroad artifacts, vintage railcars, and locomotive simulator at historic Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad - 1.5 hour excursion follows the shoreline of the St. Louis River estuary, Spirit Lake and Mud Lake; Duluth, Minnesota

Lake Superior Railroad Museum - Located in the former Union Depot in downtown Duluth, Minnesota; operates the North Shore Scenic Railroad

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad - Diesel train excursions and dinner trains through the Warren County countryside; Lebanon, Ohio

Linden Depot Museum - Depot museum features historical materials from the Monon and Nickel Plate railroads; Linden, Indiana

Little River Railroad - 1.5-hour steam-powered excursions from Coldwater, Michigan

LittleToot Railroad - Mile-long 15" gauge railroad featuring two steam locomotives and one diesel engine; Charley Brown Memorial Park, Flora, Illinois

Lorain & West Virginia Railway - 12-mile diesel-powered train excursions from Wellington, Ohio

Lumberjack Steam Train - Steam excursions to the site of a logging camp; Laona, Wisconsin

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum - Locomotives, rolling stock, and memorabilia; Bellevue, Ohio

Magic City Line - Miniature train rides at Rothwell Park in Moberly, Missouri

Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad - Quarter-scale steam and diesel locomotives power 1.5-mile train rides through the Huron National Forest; Fairview, Michigan

Michigan Transit Museum - 45-minute train rides plus interurban and rapid transit cars on display; Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Mid-Continent Railway Museum - Museum and daily diesel excursions; North Freedom, Wisconsin

Midland Railway Historical Association - 21-mile diesel-powered excursions from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction, Kansas

Midwest Central Railroad - One-mile narrow gauge steam train rides with Shay, Baldwin, and Henschel locomotives, plus electric trolley loop; Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Midwest Electric Railway Museum - Operates several streetcars on the Old Threshers grounds in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Milwaukee Zoo Safari Train - 15" gauge railroad operates with coal-fired steam locomotives and diesel locomotives at the zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Minnehaha Depot - Restored 1875 Milwaukee Road depot, open Sundays in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Discovery Center - Regional history museum with a 2.5-mile vintage trolley to a re-created mining community; Chisholm, Minnesota

Minnesota Streetcar Museum - Historic streetcar operating southwest of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, including the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and Excelsior Streetcar Line

Minnesota Transportation Museum - Operates the Jackson Street Roundhouse, Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, and Minnehaha Depot around the Twin Cities, Minnesota

Mo-Ark Regional Railroad Museum - Railroad exhibits and model layout; Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Monon Connection Museum - Collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia; Monon, Indiana

Monticello Railway Museum - Museum plus 50-minute diesel excursions; Monticello, Illinois

Mountain Town Ltd Dinner Train - Departs Saturday evenings from Mt. Pleasant, Howell, and Petoskey, Michigan

Murder Mystery Train - Dinner trains from Charlotte and Blissfield, Michigan over the Adrian & Blissfield Railroad

Museum of Science and Industry - Transportation exhibit with models and steam locomotives; Chicago, Illinois

Museum of Transportation - One of the oldest (1944) and largest museums, with the largest collection of steam locomotives in North America (33); Kirkwood, Missouri (near St. Louis)

National New York Central Railroad Museum - Exhibits, steam locomotive, and O gauge layout; Elkhart, Indiana

National Railroad Museum - Green Bay, Wisconsin

New Buffalo Railroad Museum - Railroad artifacts and documents in a replica Pere Marquette Railroad depot in New Buffalo, Michigan

New London Train Depot & Museum - Railroad artifacts, memorabilia, and equipment on display at the 1923 C&NW depot in New London, Wisconsin

North Dakota State Railroad Museum - Rolling stock, equipment, and artifacts related to railroading in the state; Mandan, North Dakota

North Platte Rail Fest - Annual celebration of railroading in North Platte, Nebraska

North Shore Scenic Railroad - 1.5, 2.5, and 6-hour diesel and steam-powered excursions along the shores of Lake Superior from Duluth, Minnesota

Northern Ohio Railway Museum - Restores and operates streetcars on two miles of the Cleveland Southwestern Railway in Chippewa Lake, Ohio

Ohio Rail Tourism Association - Promotes tourist railroads in Ohio

Ohio Railway Museum - Excursions and museum numbering over thirty pieces, including streetcars dating from the 1890s, interurbans dating from 1906, passenger cars, and electric and steam locomotives, including Norfolk & Western #578; Worthington, Ohio

Old Depot Railroad Museum - Railroad memorabilia housed in a 1913 Great Northern depot; Dassel, Minnesota

Omaha Zoo Railroad - 1.8-mile narrow gauge steam railroad in the Omaha Zoo; Omaha, Nebraska

Orrville Railroad Heritage Society - Museum housed in an 1867 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, plus excursions on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway and the Ohio Central Railroad; Orrville, Ohio

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway - Diesel-powered excursions from Osceola, Wisconsin to Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota (90-minute) and Dresser, Wisconsin (45-minute)

Paducah Railroad Museum - Lanterns, signals, tools, signs, and engine and car equipment from railroads in Paducah and Western Kentucky; Paducah, Kentucky

Patee House Museum - Features a steam locomotive and rolling stock at the headquarters of the Pony Express; St. Joseph, Missouri

Prairie Village - Steam and diesel train rides on a two-mile loop; Madison, South Dakota

Quincy Mine Hoist - Diesel-powered cog railway (built 1996) transports visitors to a mine tour entrance; Hancock, Michigan

Railroad Historical Museum - Artifacts, equipment, photos, paintings, and more from the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (Frisco); Springfield, Missouri

Railroad Memories Museum - Railroad artifacts and memorabilia, plus HO and N gauge model trains; Spooner, Wisconsin

Railroad Museum of Minot - Exhibits and artifacts relating to the Great Northern Railway; Minot, North Dakota

RailsWest Railroad Museum - Steam locomotives and railcars on display, plus railroad memorabilia and HO scale model railroad; Council Bluffs, Iowa

Riverside & Great Northern Railway - 3-mile round-trip on a 15" gauge live steam railway in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Rochelle Railroad Park - Viewing area in Rochelle, Illinois with over 100 UP and BNSF trains passing each day, plus gift shop

Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum - Historical exhibits and an operating 7-1/4" scale railroad at a restored Rock Island depot in Fairbury, Nebraska

Rock Island Railroad Museum - Railroad artifacts in a former Rock Island Depot in Chillicothe, Illinois

Rockford Trolley Car 36 - 45-minute trolley rides along Rockford's riverfront; Rockford, Illinois

Rossville Depot Railroad Museum - Exhibits about the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad and an HO scale model railroad in Rossville, Illinois

Saginaw Railway Museum - Operated by the Saginaw Valley Railroad Historical Society; Saginaw, Michigan

Saline Railroad Depot - Exhibits about railroading and the history of Saline, Michigan

Santa Fe Depot in Kingman - Restored 1911 Santa Fe depot with railroad memorabilia and HO scale model trains; Kingman, Kansas

Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad - Steam railroad and museum in Freeport, Illinois

Southern Michigan Railroad Society (SMRS) - 2.5-hour diesel-powered excursions between Clinton and Tecumseh, Michigan

Spirit of Traverse City - 1/4-scale 4-4-2 steam locomotive at Clinch Park Zoo and Marina; Traverse City, Michigan

St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway - Diesel-powered excursions from Jackson, Missouri

Steam Railroading Institute - Railroad museum features interactive exhibits and operates two steam locomotives - Pere Marquette 2-8-4 1225 and Flagg Coal Company 0-4-0 75; Owosso, Michigan (operated by the Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation)

SteamPhotos.com by Christopher Muller - Thousands of photos of North American tourist railroads in a variety of scenic settings, plus prints, gifts, and calendars for sale

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer - Museum of pioneer town builders, featuring a steam locomotive, coach, and caboose; Grand Island, Nebraska

The Little Engine That Could Rail Tour - Full-size replica of The Little Engine That Could operates on tourist railroads throughout the US

Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum (TLE&W) - Diesel excursions on a 15-mile round-trip from Grand Rapids to Waterville, Ohio

Toonerville Trolley - 5.5 mile wilderness train ride on a 24 inch gauge railroad; Newberry, Michigan

Trails & Rails Museum - Displays include a steam engine, flat car, caboose, and depot; Kearney, Nebraska

Two Harbors Depot Museum - Restored 1907 Duluth & Iron Range Railroad depot in Two Harbors, Minnesota

Union Depot Railroad Museum - Historic railroad equipment and model railroad; Mendota, Illinois

Union Pacific Railroad Museum - Artifacts, photographs, and documents that trace the development of the railroad and the American West; Council Bluffs, Iowa

Vicksburg Depot Museum - Historical exhibits in a former Grand Trunk & Western depot in Vicksburg, Michigan

Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Railroad Association - Two-mile 12" gauge live steam railroad; Glencoe, Missouri

Wadena Depot - Tour a restored 1907 Northern Pacific Railroad depot in Wadena, Minnesota

Wheels O' Time Museum - Historic railroad equipment on display; Peoria, Illinois

Whiskey River Railway - One-third size railroad operates an array of steam engines, diesel engines, and prototypical freight and passenger cars on 3 miles of track from the Little Amerricka Amusement Park in Marshall, Wisconsin

Whitewater Valley Railroad - 32-mile round-trip diesel excursions between Connersville, Indiana and Metamora, Indiana

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad - Historic diesel excursion and dinner train operating on approximately 20 miles of former Chicago & Northwestern track between the northern Wisconsin towns of Spooner and Springbrook along the picturesque Namekagon River

Zanesville & Western Scenic Railroad - Diesel-powered excursions on the historic 14-mile Glass Rock Line in southeast Ohio

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