The National Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin in suburban Green Bay.
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 who contributed time and resources. Throughout its history, patron contributions have continued to create one of the largest railroad preservation institutions in the United States.
Today, the National Railroad Museum is home to one of the United States' most historic railroad collections. The museum has a large collection of rolling stock 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 Kingdom 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 as well as 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.
The origin of the National Railroad Museum dates to 1956, when local individuals 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 over 100 unpaid staff members welcome visitors from all over the world.
Rolling stock collection
As one of the oldest railroad museums in the country, the National Railroad Museum exhibits a large collection of locomotives and railcars spanning more than a century of railroading.
- Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Railway Post Office car No. 57
- Atlantic Coast Line Railroad - Diner Dothan
- Atlantic Coast Line 4 double bedroom, 4 compartment, 2 drawing room sleeping car Manatee River (ex New York Central Railroad Suspension Bridge, ne Pullman Company Imperial Arch
- 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
- 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) - 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 No. 1591 – from Dwight D. Eisenhower's command train.
- London and North Eastern Railway No. 1592 – from Dwight D. Eisenhower's command train.
- Northern Pacific Railway Baggage car No. 1594 - ex Northern Pacific dining car No. 1668
- Pennsylvania Railroad 10 roomette 5 dbouble bedroom sleeping car No. 8077 Cascade Cliff
- Pullman Company sleeping car Pullman No. 8667 "Lake Mitchell"
- Reading Company No. X - Used as part of Terror on the Fox
- Reading Company No. Y - Used as part of Terror on the Fox
- Reading Company No. Z - Currently painted as NRM "Josephine"
- Tennessee Central Railway (Monon) No. 100 - Business car
- Union Pacific Railroad City of Los Angeles dome diner No. 8003
Maintenance of way cars
The Archives Collection includes corporate records and documents, annual reports, maps, mechanical and engineering drawings, oral histories, and ephemera. The holdings of the collection represent various railroad companies, labor unions, and fraternal organizations.
The Library Collection and the Archives Collections of the National Railroad Museum represent a variety of topics that allow researchers to interpret the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of U.S. railroading history.
The National Railroad Museum houses over 5,000 artifacts including textiles, uniforms, tools and personal items.
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.