Mar 2 2014

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Feb 11 2014



What: Free Days, Rail Memorabilia Seminar, Members Sale at the Railroad Museum
When: Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2
Where: South Dakota State Railroad Museum
Time: Saturday – 9:00am to 5:00pm; Rail Memorabilia Program 1:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Contact info: Rick Mills, 605-574-9000

What: 7th Annual Hill City Antique Sale and Evaluation Days
When: Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2
Where: Hill City Senior Center
Time: Saturday – 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sunday – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Contact and table info: Pat Belczak, 605-574-2821

The South Dakota State Railroad Museum is proud to announce the dates for its Free Admission Days and Railroad Show on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 as a part of Hill City’s Annual Antiques Show and Appraisals Weekend.

The Museum will be participating in the event on Saturday with FREE admission on both days with FREE magazines and other railroad items donated by Museum members. A railroad memorabilia identification program conducted by Museum Director Rick Mills and local rail experts will be held on Saturday at 1:00pm. The public is encouraged to bring model trains and railroad related items to the Museum to show and learn more about their history.

In addition to the Museum’s activities, the Hill City Senior Center will host the Antique Sale and Antiques Appraisal Days. The public is invited to visit to bring items for the professional appraisers to evaluate and offer other information on antiques and family treasures, and shop at the tables of our guest vendors coming in from around the region. A donation of $3 per evaluated item will be collected at the door, with all proceeds to benefit the Hill City Senior Center. Coffee and brunch items will also be available, also with the proceeds going into the Center’s operating funds.

Admission is FREE to the public for both days at the Railroad Museum and at the Antiques Show.

Dec 29 2013

Membership and Yearly Giving Vital for Museum Activities and Operations


I am so pleased with the accomplishments of this past year here at the Museum. The new year of 2014 presents the SDSRM with new opportunities and a continued progression in the education and enrichment of members and visitors alike.

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 offers a window to its dynamic future.

Your membership support right now is critical in planning for our new 2014 exhibits and operations. 2014 will also mark the debut of the SDSRM’s Railroad Activity Guide (Grades K, 4, 7, & 11) in South Dakota’s schools and on our web site.

Of course, to achieve that we need your support in membership.

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, special events, and email updates. Please review the membership levels on the Museum membership page of the Museum’s web site at www.sdsrm.org.

To many of you the end of the year is also a time when you decide which organizations you will support. I humbly ask that you consider adding us to your list when you or your business make a year-end, tax-deductible gift.

Your participation is key. Please consider sending in your 2014 payment as soon as possible. I thank you in advance for your participation, and thank you for your consideration.

My best wishes to you and yours for the coming year!

Rick Mills, Museum Director

Dec 21 2013

Merry Christmas from the SDSRM crew!

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Our fondest hope is that your track leads you home for the holidays with family and friends…

Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season and a Blessed Christmas!

Rick Mills and the entire SDSRM Board of Directors, Membership, and Volunteers

Nov 14 2013

TREES AND TRAINS Christmas Exhibit is Wonderful!

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Come Celebrate this Wonderful Season with Us!

Sunday, December 22

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Tuesday, December 24

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Friday, December 27

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Sunday, December 29

Monday, December 30

Tuesday, December 31

Aug 9 2013

“An Affair to Remember” Gala – Fun for All That Attended!



An evening of elegance, romance, and memories will be remembered for years to come – THANK YOU to all that attended! What a fun evening!

Aug 4 2013

“T” Time in Hill City

CB&Q T2 4107 at HC 7 41

Northbound freight to Deadwood – 1941

Number 4107, one of the original articulated 2-6-6-2 class T-2 Mallets used on the Black Hills “High Line” by the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad is shown taking a drink at the Hill City water tank in July of 1941. Rick Mills collection

Jul 27 2013

Sharon is all smiles!

Sharon Carey

Thanks to funding from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Fund, the Tracy Dobbs memorial, and the generosity of individual members including the family of Bernard Carey, the Museum’s depot section is becoming a favorite for our visitors. Here, Bernard’s daughter Sharon visits her Dad’s former Rock Island depot desk, and taps out a little “dot and dash” on the operating telegraph. Yes, it makes us smile, too!

Jul 6 2013

Be On The Lookout! Ghost Rails of South Dakota


From Gerald Walzel of Pierre:

Dear Rick,

Many thanks for your follow-up on this, and also for sparing me your time during my visit to your office. I was greatly impressed by your wide-ranging knowledge of South Dakota railroad history. Regarding the DP&BH RR(started – but never realized Duluth, Pierre and Black Hills Railway), I’m attaching a photo of the remaining grade which is in the pasture very near my home. It’s more apparent to the eye than to the camera, so I hope you can see this bit of railroad history. This particular bit of grade runs due North/South about 400 yds before disappearing. Other remnants can still be seen in the area of Highway 14 between Blunt & Pierre.

Once again, so very many thanks for your time & assistance.

Very Best Regards

Gerald Walzel
Pierre, SD

Jun 16 2013

Happy Fathers Day from “the Depot”


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!