Minnesota Transportation Museum
The Minnesota Transportation Museum's Jackson Street Roundhouse
|Location||Saint Paul, Minnesota|
MTM was formed in 1962 to save a streetcar that had been built and operated by Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) 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 to the 1960s.
In 2004–2005, the organization's streetcar operations became the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, with, the steamboat Minnetonka, originally built by TCRT in a style similar to its streetcars, becoming a major attraction of the Museum of Lake Minnetonka.
After the first streetcar, TCRT No. 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 a contributing property to the Minnehaha Historic District. Trains running on special routes have sometimes stopped at the station, and it was eventually integrated into the area streetcar system. Tracks owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway reach the station, though it is at the disused end of a rail spur.
The depot is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum. In 1967, the depot became the first building to be restored by the museum and it was outfitted with exhibits. In 2004, the METRO Blue Line's Minnehaha Park station opened across the road from the old depot.
Several buses from the 1940s and 1950s are also operated by the museum. Most equipment in the bus collection were built by the GMC division of General Motors, and represent 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.
The collection consists of buses operated in and across Minnesota. Earliest is a 1942 Mack (occasionally used in conjunction with the Commemorative Air Force) which transported war workers to the B-24 final assembly point at what is now St Paul's Holman Field, and a block of 1953/54 GMC transit units, two of which are painted in original Twin Cities Lines colors. The buses are used in regular charter service, and form a very visible part of the museum's collection, often used in wedding and corporate charters, and on the museum's city tours.
This part of the collection is sponsored by Richfield Bus Company, graciously providing maintenance and licensing to operate them.
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 and St. Croix Valley Railway
MTM, in conjunction 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 historic Osceola Depot, north to Dresser, Wisconsin, and southbound to and through the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Regular schedules begin on the first weekend in May, continuing through the last week of October. Special Event trains operate through the season, including Mother's Day and Father's Day dining specials, the popular fireworks train to Marine on St. Croix, the Pumpkin Train (Halloween) and Fall Leaf Viewing trains through the River Valley.
Passenger classes are General Tourist, First Class and Dining Car. Dining Car service is handled by the Osceola and St Croix Dinner Train, operating on alternating weekends. Service includes Brunch and Dinner, classic affairs done in the old "high dollar style". All Dinner Trains are "full service," served by staff on matched white linens and original diner china, 60 to 90 years old.
At the Osceola service area, several locomotives and pieces of rolling stock are on display. All equipment has been reconditioned to standard operating condition, including classic 1920s open-window coaches, Great Northern express coaches and a refreshment car. Locomotives currently in running condition are classic diesel-electric.
In past years the classic steam engine, Northern Pacific No. 328 (4-6-0) was used to pull the trains, but has been placed in restoration status due to its age (107 yrs).
The Museum also operates the Dresser Depot at the northeast terminus of the line in Dresser, WI. The Depot has been preserved exactly as if the staff stepped out for a break, down to calendars and railroad notices. It is also the site of Pumpkin Train Park, hosting several thousand visitors during the pre-Halloween weekend.
Jackson Street Roundhouse
The Jackson Street Roundhouse is MTM headquarters in St. Paul, as well as a fully functional railroad roundhouse, one of the last of its kind in the country. During winter months, the Roundhouse is a functioning work area for Museum rolling stock, often with the volunteer workforce welding, grinding and sending sparks flying.
Open Wednesday & Saturday, year-round, and on Friday during the summer months it is a maintenance & restorations base for the museum's locomotives and rolling stock. It is highly interactive, offering train rides (Saturdays) as well as hands-on exhibits about surface transportation history of Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
The building was erected by the Great Northern Railway in 1907, replacing another, older roundhouse. The site has been used for rail transportation since the first railroad came to Minnesota (1860s). The Roundhouse and surrounding grounds are a near complete display of American industrial history from the 19th century through the mid-20th century.
The Roundhouse is base for equipment as varied as Pullman coaches, Northern Pacific RR mail & baggage cars, an operating 115-foot (35 m) turntable, a 200-ton lifting crane, an F7A passenger engine (under long term restoration to operating status), a Brill Car (one of the last of its kind) and the Minnesota Transportation Museum's fleet of classic buses.
The roundhouse is also home to the famous Northern Pacific Railway steam engine No. 2156, known to many Twin Cities children as Casey Jones's steam engine, from the popular children's program "Lunch With Casey", in the 60's & 70's. No. 2156, currently torn down for restoration, is undergoing stabilization to become part of a "Steam Bay" exhibit, demonstrating the inner workings of steam locomotives. It will be displayed next to its sister engine No. 2153, restored cosmetically to original operating configuration.
|Northern Pacific 328||Class S-10 4-6-0||1905 Alco||1950||Leased 1976||Yes||1981–1999|
|Northern Pacific 2153||Class Q-3 4-6-2||1909 Baldwin||1950s||Donated 2000||In Cosmetic Restoration||No|
|Northern Pacific 2156||Class Q-3 4-6-2||1909 Baldwin||1950s||Leased 1980 - Purchased Later||In Cosmetic Restoration||No|
|Soo Line 559 (Rock Island 1223)||GP-7||1951 EMD||---||Purchased 1998 from Wisconsin Central||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Service 2019|
|Northern Pacific (LST&T) 105||SW1200||1957 EMD||---||1987||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Restoration|
|Norfolk & Western 3110 (Wabash 110)||SW1||1949 EMD||---||---||Jackson Street Roundhouse||Operational|
|Lake Superior Terminal & Transfer 101||NW-2||EMD||---||---||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Restoration|
|Burlington Northern 6234 (Colorado & Southern 839)||SD9||1959 EMD||2003||Donated 2003 by BNSF Railway||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||Operational|
|Great Northern 325||SDP40||1966 EMD||2008||Donated 2009 by BNSF Railway||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||Operational|
|Great Northern 400 "Hustle Muscle"||SD45||1966 EMD||1986||Leased 2000 (owned by Great Northern Railway Historical Society)||Minneapolis||In Restoration|
|Great Northern 454-A||F7A||1950 EMD||1981||2003||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Restoration|
|Burlington Northern 6008 (Great Northern 558)||SD7||1952 EMD||1983||Donated 2017 by Cargill, Inc.||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Restoration|
|Car Type||Car Number||Car Name||Railroad Company||Location||Notes|
|Streamlined Lounge/Observation/Business Car||A-11||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Streamlined Parlor-Buffet||1084||"Twin Ports"||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Restoration|
|Streamlined Coach||502||Milwaukee Road (MILW)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Streamlined Baggage||265||"Mariah"||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Streamlined Coach||598||Burlington Route (CB&Q)/Northern Pacific (NP)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage; Restoration Planned|
|Streamlined Dome Car||4709||"Silver Castle"||Burlington Route (CB&Q)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage; Restoration Planned|
|Streamlined Coach||1096||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Streamlined Coach||1097||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service (used as dining car)|
|Streamlined Coach||1213||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Streamlined Coach||1215||"City Of Osceola"||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Streamlined Coach||1224||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage; Restoration Planned|
|Heavyweight MU Trailer Commuter Coach||2232||Erie Lakawanna (EL)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Heavyweight Commuter Coach||2529||Rock Island (CRI&P)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Heavyweight Commuter Coach||2604||Rock Island (CRI&P)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Heavyweight Commuter Coach||2608||Rock Island (CRI&P)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Heavyweight Triple Combination||1102||Northern Pacific (NP)||Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY||In Service|
|Streamlined Diner||1146||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Restoration|
|Steam Heat Car||16||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage (Painted Burlington Northern)|
|Coach||X-757||"Drover's Coach"||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Heavyweight Baggage||480||Great Northern Railway (GN)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Baggage-Mail-Express||101||Duluth, South Shore, & Atlantic (DSS&A)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Baggage-Express||8676||Chicago & Northwestern (CNW)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Heavyweight Business Car||2352||"Gopher"||Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern (MN&S)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||On Display|
|Heavyweight Coach||30||Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range (DMIR)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage|
|Heavyweight Coach||1370||Northern Pacific (NP)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage|
|Heavyweight Diner||1472||Soo Line (SOO)||Jackson Street Roundhouse||In Storage|
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