A heartfelt Happy Fathers Day to all of the fathers out there!
In tribute to all of our dads, here is a view of a special group of memorabilia/display just completed here at the Museum – the recreated depot interior utilizing much of the collection donated by the Carey family from Sioux Falls. Their dad Bernard was the longtime Rock Island agent in Sioux Falls – can’t you just hear the telegraph sounder chattering, feel a train rumbling by, and smell the smoke from Bernie’s pipe?
Have a great day!
Check out these stylish glasses and other new items on our Gifts page:
The family of Tracy Dobbs visited the Museum on May 26th, and had a great time! The Dobbs Memorial Fund has allowed much to be completed in the Dakota Junction Learning Layout and in the Depot Days display area – not to mention providing funds for interpretive signage throughout the Museum. Thanks to you all – I believe TD would approve.
135 Boy Scouts, Leaders, and family members from Troup 444 in Littleton, Colorado toured the Museum on May 26th – what a fun and well behaved group of young men! We hope you all enjoyed your time here.
Noted South Dakota artist Ronald Backer (and SDSRM member – Thank You Ron!) is offering a unique and one-of-a-kind way for you to support the Museum. Mr. Backer has created this 24″x30″ original oil of South Dakota’s famous Hisega Lodge – served from 1908 to 1948 by the storied “Crouch Line” – the Rapid City, Black Hills and Western Railroad.
SOLD! Thank you for your interest!
Please contact Rick at the Museum for more information.
Come in and see all of the new displays for 2013!
In cooperation with the South Dakota Wheat Growers Association, the SDSRM is proud to announce our 2013 HO commemorative car kit is ready to roll. It is a great way to support and promote not only the Museum but South Dakota’s agricultural economy and producers.
SOLD OUT – THANK YOU!
HIGH GREEN TO HURON – A Canadian Pacific/Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern freight (Rapid City to Huron) pounds the diamond as it crosses the BNSF’s ex- Milwaukee Road Aberdeen to Mitchell line at Wolsey. This lengthy eastbound consisting of grain, cement, and bentonite loads is led by two rebuilt Iowa, Chicago and Eastern SD40-3s.
“Back Again – Great Displays!”
“It’s a fantastic Timeline”
“Wow, the model train layout is great”
“Dad worked for the Milwaukee Road for 54 years – what memories!”
“Our kids loved it”
Those are not my words, but the comments from a few of our 2012 Museum visitors. The South Dakota State Railroad Museum provides a venue that gives us the opportunity to preserve, promote, and experience South Dakota’s unique railroad legacy. The Museum is the primary advocate and physical home for our state’s railroading history, education, culture, and a window to its exciting future.
Of course, to do that we need your support in membership.
Your membership support right now will be critical in planning for our new 2013 exhibits and operations.
Museum membership comes with unique benefits. In addition to free admission all year long, members at the basic levels can enjoy our in-Museum programs, email updates, and most educational “trackside” tours at no cost. Please review the MEMBERSHIPS page on this site for all the benefits of Museum membership.
Your participation is key. Please consider sending in your 2013 payment as soon as possible. I thank you in advance for your participation, and thank you for your consideration.
With best wishes,
2012 Museum Christmas Exhibit
November 23rd – December 31st
Wonderfully decorated Christmas trees * Operating Scale Model Trains * Train-related Gifts and Treasures * Historic Exhibits * Seasonal Music * Holiday Fun for All Ages
Admission – Adults – $5 each 12 and under – FREE
Thursday, December 13 – 10am to 4pm
Friday, December 14 – 10am to 4pm
Saturday, December 15 – Noon to 7:30pm*
Sunday, December 16 – Noon to 4pm
Thursday, December 20 – 10am to 4pm
Friday, December 21 – 10am to 4pm
Saturday, December 22 – Noon to 7:30pm*
Sunday, December 23 – Noon to 7:30pm*
Monday, December 24 – CLOSED for Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED for Christmas
Thursday, December 27 – 10am to 4pm
Friday, December 28 – 10am to 4pm
Saturday, December 29 – 10am to 4pm
Sunday, December 30 – Noon to 4pm
Monday, December 31 – 10am to 4pm
* Days on which the Holiday Express Trains operate on the 1880 TRAIN
(Train reservations can be made by calling 605-574-2222)
Museum or Exhibit questions: 605-574-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It is train time at the Spearfish depot in the late 1890s. A sturdy little Burlington and Missouri River 2-6-0 locomotive is ready to head its short consist back up Spearfish Canyon, through Englewood, and on into Deadwood. The locomotive, cars, depot and trackage will all become a part of parent company Chicago, Burlington and Quincy in 1904.
CB&Q SW1 #9147 – 1948 (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Burlington Northern #91 – 1977 (Kirk, South Dakota)
Midwest Locomotive #1940 – 2012 (Kansas City, Missouri)
Here is a real railroad veteran that served the majority of its career based in Deadwood (1948-1982) for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy and later Burlington Northern, and can still be found working at a railcar maintenance facility in Kansas City.
Model: EMD SW1
Built As: Chicago Burlington & Quincy 9147
Serial Number: 1074
Order No: E310
Frame Number: E310-7
Notes: ex-MWLX 91, ex-Kansas City Power & Light 91, ex-BN 91, nee-CB&Q 9147