National Railroad Museum
National Railroad Museum Green Bay, WI
Today we visit the Green Bay National Railroad Museum a true staple in the Green Bay Community. Deanna Novak was an amazing host taking us on an unbelievable tour. The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay is not only great for families but offers so many unique opportunities to spend your special day at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. My good friends got married at the Railroad Museum and I’ll never forget it. They also have reasonable BIrthday Party options for kids. Visit http://www.thingstodoingreenbay.com your free resource for fun Things to do in Green Bay.
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 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 States.
The National Railroad Museum has a large collection of rolling stock and spanning more than a century of railroading and a number of historic locomotives, including an Aerotrain, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4017 (The world’s largest steam locomotive type), and the British Railways A4 ClassNo. 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.
A display of several railroad drumheads in the Frederick Bauer Drumhead Gallery.
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 river and Green Bay. The museum hosts an annual Day Out with Thomasevent, 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.
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.