Wisconsin museum opens for guided wooden car tours

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NORTH FREEDOM, Wis. – The Mid-Continent Railway Museum has announced a series of wooden car tours on Sept. 19 and 20. The museum maintains a collection of five restored wooden railcars that were designed for different purposes. The collection consists of two first-class coaches, a second-class coach, a café-parlor car, and a fish car. The fish car was built in 1913 for the Wisconsin Fish Commission, and is named Wisconsin Fish Commission No. 2, also referred to as Badger No. 2. The car was designed to carry fish from hatcheries to restock Wisconsin’s rivers, streams and lakes. Badger No. 2 was the museum’s first acquisition, and received $950,000 to restore the car to its original appearance and configuration in 2008.

The tours will be guided, taking visitors inside the cars where they can better-appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship that went into the restorations. Over the weekend of tours, the museum is offering 24 tours, with a maximum of 15 people on each tour.

The Mid-Continent Railway Museum was founded in 1963, and features displays of restored rolling stock, educational exhibits, and operating trains. The museum focuses on railroading in the Upper Midwest from 1880 to 1916, and has more than 500 members that live in 38 U.S. states and in the United Kingdom.

More information on the museum is available at the organization's website.
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