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Minnesota Transportation Museum

Minnesota Transportation Museum, MN

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The Minnesota Transportation Museum is a transportation museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. MTM operates several heritage … See more

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Oct 31, 2022
This is great fun for all ages. We were 9-64 years old and we all had a good time. We highly recommend this and want to do it again. Full review by P5886VSsuew
Oct 25, 2022
This was our first train ride and what a wonderful experience. Bring food, snacks and beverages or buy snacks on the train. Beautiful ride and the staff are wonderful people. My hats off to them all Full review by Ilikechili
Oct 18, 2022
We had a good time going on the train. We were disappointed that it could not make it to its final destination. Apparently there was a dog on the track and it continuesly delayed the train! My brothe… Full review by WENDYMAKINGTRACKS

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A Highly Interactive Exhibit
The Minnesota Transportation Museum is a transportation museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The MTM operates several heritage transportation sites in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. The museum is actively involved in preserving local railroad, bus and streetcar history. The MTM was formed in 1962 to save a streetcar that had been built and operated by Twin City Rapid Transit in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Many of the museum's early members were formerly part of the Minnesota Railfans Association, which had organized railfan trips from the 1940s-1960s. In 2004-2005, the organization's streetcar operations became the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. In addition, a steamboat that was originally built by TCRT in a style similar to its streetcars became the Museum of Lake Minnetonka. Minnehaha Depot: After the first streetcar, TCRT #1300, was successfully restored, other projects were examined in the time before the streetcar could be put on its own set of rails.The Minnehaha Depot was a former Milwaukee Road depot at Minnehaha Falls. The station, built in 1875, was nicknamed "The Princess" because of its delicate architecture. The depot is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Transportation Museum operates the depot for the Minnesota Historical Society. In 1967 the depot became the first building to be restored by the museum and it was outfitted with exhibits. Today, the Hiawatha Line station serving Minnehaha Park is located across the road from the old depot. Classic buses: Several buses from the 1940s and 1950s are also operated by the museum. Most of the buses in the collection were built by the GMC division of General Motors, and represent the vehicles that replaced the streetcars in the Twin Cities in the 1950s. The conversion from a streetcar to bus system required two years. The last trolley run was on Hennepin Avenue on June 18, 1954. There is also a Mack-built bus, and a Yellow Coach dating to 1935 that once operated in Rochester, Minnesota, but it has not been restored.As the museum has acquired much of its bus collection from Metro Transit, the bus company sometimes requests the use of the old buses for special events. Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway: he MTM, along with the historical society of Osceola, Wisconsin, operates a heritage railroad called the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway. Excursion trains are operated on trackage formerly owned by Wisconsin Central Ltd., now part of Canadian National Railway. Excursion trains operate from the Osceola Depot, with service to Dresser, Wisconsin, and southbound to and through the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Trains operate on a regular schedule on weekends and holidays from April-October. Other operations include Special Events trains all season, including brunch, dinner, pizza, pumpkin and Fall leaf viewing trains through the River Valley. At this time several locomotives and pieces of rolling stock are in operation.All equipment has been reconditioned to updated standard operating condition, including classic open window coaches, several Great Northern express coaches and a refreshment coach. Jackson Street Roundhouse: The Jackson Street Roundhouse is the MTM's headquarters in St. Paul, as well as a fully functional railroad roundhouse, one of the last of its kind in the country. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, year-round, it is the site where the museum's locomotives and rolling stock come for maintenance and restoration. It is a highly interactive exhibit offering train rides as well as interactive exhibits about surface transportation history of Minnesota and the upper Midwest. The building was erected by the Great Northern Railway in 1907 and is on a site that has been used for rail transportation since the railroads first came to Minnesota. The roundhouse is also home to the famous Northern Pacific Railway steam engine #2156, best known to many Twin Cities children from the 1960s / 70s, as Casey Jones' steam engine, from the popular children's program. #2156 is currently undergoing long term restoration to its original operating condition.
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