Mar 6 2015

2015 Canadian Rail Adventure Raffle – Tickets Now Available!



RESERVE YOUR TICKET TODAY – Only 1000 tickets available!


The rules proposed for use, in handling of matters related to the SDSRM Annual Raffle Sales, are as follows:

  1. The Raffle Sales shall consist of (1000) raffle tickets sold at an amount of $100.00 each. There will be a commencement date of sales and an ending date of sales. For the year 2015, the commencement date is February 1, 2015, and the ending date is August 27, 2015.
  1. Every raffle ticket available for sale to the general public shall be recorded and tracked by “hand written” ledger, as to its final disposition (sale) of the assigned number. The ledger will be kept up-to-date daily and available to our auditor for review, on a monthly basis during the sales period listed above. This process must be followed until all, 1000 numbers have been sold and/or accounted for by the Raffle Committee and the auditor. The Auditor will also be allowed to view the banking records of the SDSRM, to include the credit card sales.
  1. Absolutely no household or direct family member living with a South Dakota State Railroad Museum Board of Director will be allowed to win any prizes to be awarded in this event. Children, grandchildren, and other relatives not residing with the Board of Director are permitted to enter the drawing. The final winner will be designated by confirmation of our auditor, Casey Peterson & Associates.
  1. All persons purchasing a 2015 SDSRM Raffle Sale ticket, with associated assigned number, must be of Twenty one (21) years of age or older.
  1. The winning number ticket owner is not going to be required to participate in any commercial advertising matters of the SDSRM. The SDSRM will, however, request your permission to publicly announce your “NAME” to be included with the winning ticket number. Any additional promotional considerations will be handled on a request basis.
  1. SDSRM Board Directors and their appointed representatives reserved the right to completely handle the operational details involved in the final selection of a winning raffle ticket number. Any process used will be open and in plain view of the appointed auditor and the public desiring to be involved the final drawing.
  1. The SDSRM Board of directors would like to note, The Black Hills & Central Railroad is our current landlord. The employees of The 1880 Train and the Black Hills & Central Railroad are allowed to purchase and win any prizes awarded from this raffle.
  1. It will be necessary for any winner, of the raffle’s grand prize, to secure a United States Passport, and any USA Homeland Security clearances for travel to the destinations, as indicated on the prize to be awarded. Travel booking of the winner’s individual trip accommodations and dates will be handled through the South Dakota State Railroad Museum and Dakota Travel, in Rapid City, South Dakota. It will be necessary for the Grand Prize winner to work with this vendor and complete the final details necessary for scheduling of the grand prize trip. It is requested, the Grand Prize Winner complete their trip planning with Dakota Travel, by September 30th, 2015.

Time extensions necessary, should be addressed to the South Dakota State Railroad Museum Board of Directors, via museum director, Rick Mills at ( 605/574-9000).

  1. It is required, the holder of the winning ticket number, either select or choose not to select, the option available to them of “Cash Equivalent”; doing so in writing within seven (7) days of the announced drawing. The Cash Equivalent amount is a “lump sum” amount, and will not be revised for any changes in costs of the grand prize to be awarded.
  1. The Grand Prize trip is based upon the occupancy of two ( 2 ) and the SDSRM will not offer partial credit of any charges or any related cash compensation for less than two ( 2 ) traveling persons.
  1. Any personnel state or federal income taxes, of any sort, are not included in the amount to be awarded to the grand prize winner. This would include both amounts relating to the travel trip or any selection of a cash equivalent payment
  1. SDSRM Board of Directors, reserve the right, to withhold the sale of five (5) raffle tickets from the initial sale of (1000). These five (5) “house” raffle tickets will be appropriately accounted for during the festivities of the drawing event.
  1. Raffle Ticket holders will not be required to be present at the official drawing event; however, you may be requested by a representative of the SDSRM to authorize a “stand-in” to express your decisions in the final drawing process
  1. The final drawing process, held on August 28th, 2015 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota will be a special evening event hosted by the South Dakota State Railroad Museum. Tickets will be available to any Raffle Ticket holders and the general public.
  1. The South Dakota State Railroad Museum’s Board of Directors reserves the right to interpret, revise, and to change any rule for the 2015 Raffle sales prior to the grand prize drawing on Friday, August 28, 2015. The purpose of any rule amending announcement(s) would be to insure one (1) grand prize winner at the time of drawing.
  2. Employees, children living at the home of an employee, and spouses of Casey Peterson & Associates, Ltd. will not be eligible to win any prizes to be awarded in the 2015 South Dakota State Railroad Museum Raffle.


During the final raffle drawing selection process…there will be ten (10) raffle tickets selected, in public view, from all raffle tickets sold. The appropriate owner of each of the “final ten” raffle ticket holders will be the only raffle ticket holders competing for the final grand prize. These ten (10) will receive ($100.00) each for their selection in the process and will be offered a number of options regarding their desires in the final drawing process for the Grand Prize. These options will be, and are not limited to the following: 1. To retain their raffle ticket throughout the process, 2. To auction their raffle ticket to a member of the audience (with the owner receiving 50% of the auction price and SDSRM accepting the remaining 50% as a donation to the museum), and to exercise either of these options until the final “keys” are selected by the ten (10) participants for opening the lock on the box containing the Grand Prize.

The SDSRM will provide a professional auctioneer to handle the sale option, per the request of the owner. Should the raffle ticket owner not be present for the drawing or in contact with persons they would have for a stand-in…that raffle ticket will automatically scheduled to participate in the final selection of “keys” to be used to open the Grand Prize box. Each raffle ticket selected from the ten (10) qualified will retain their opportunity at a “key” to open the grand prize box.

It should be noted… The final selection process used to establish a winner of the SDSRM Charity Raffle is nothing more than providing additional opportunities and entertainment to our raffle ticket purchasers. All raffle ticket holders can be assured they will have every opportunity to be among those selected to be the ten (10) “key” recipients, and/or the winner of the Grand Prize trip.




Revised February 2015

Feb 10 2015

8th Annual Hill City Railroad Memorabilia and Antiques Show March 21 and 22

Click on Image to ViewAntique Flyer 2015

Jan 15 2015

2015 Memberships

Individual Membership:
$35 per year
One person, Non- transferable.

This membership is designed for anyone who is interested in trains, or in the Museum’s historic and educational programs. The Member receives a pass that identifies him/her as a Museum member with free admission to the Museum, library and facilities during regular business hours, plus notice of Museum activities, programs, events, e-newsletter, and membership-only opportunities that benefit you and your Railroad Museum.

Family Membership:
$75 per year
Two adults/children, non-transferable.

This membership is designed for families who are interested in trains, or in the Museum’s historic and educational programs. The Member receives a pass that identifies them as a Museum member with free admission to the Museum, library and facilities during regular business hours, plus notice of Museum activities, programs, events, e-newsletter, and membership-only opportunities that benefit you and your Railroad Museum.

Volunteer Membership:
$20 per year
One person, Non- transferable.

Each volunteer receives a pass that identifies him/her as a Museum volunteer member and permission to access the Museum, library and facilities during regular business hours, plus notice of Museum activities, programs, events, and volunteer-only opportunities which benefit you and your Railroad Museum. Contact the Museum Director for specific requirements to qualify.

The HIGH IRON CLUB – Sustaining Level of Membership:

Golden Spike Level ($2,500 or more)
Silver Spike Level ($500 – $2,499)
Tin Spike Level ($100-$499)

For Supporters and Corporate Partners that wish to contribute the SDSRM at a higher annual level. Every High Iron Club member donating $250 or more will be recognized in The Waybill newsletter; on signage in the Museum; free admission passes to the Museum; notice of special Museum activities and programs; e-newsletter; and membership-only opportunities that benefit you and your Railroad Museum.

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Yes, I would like to be a member of the SDSRM and support the Museum’s efforts for 2015!
Please find my information below:

Mailing Address
City, State, Zip

Office Use: ___ V ___ M ___ F ___HI PD ____ M/D _____

Please mail this completed application and payment to:
SDSRM – Membership
PO Box 1070
Hill City, South Dakota 57745-1070

* Payment by Credit Card accepted by Phone – Call 605-574-9000

Thank You for Your Membership Support of the SDSRM!


Dec 29 2014

Mills to speak in Rapid City January 8th

crouch Hisega


Susan Braunstein
Programming Librarian
Rapid City Public Libraries
605-394-6139 x2215


Community Voices – Looking Down the Tracks: Dakota Railroad Photography

Rapid City, SD – December 29, 2014Don’t miss the train!

On Thursday, January 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. upstairs at the downtown library (610 Quincy St.), we invite you to ‘hop on board’ for an informative and entertaining evening of railroading history and stories. Rick Mills, director of the South Dakota Railroad Museum in Hill City, will present railroad photos throughout the years featuring images of railroading in Rapid City and the surrounding area since the first ties and rails were laid in the 1870s. View photos of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley, the Crouch Line, the Chicago and North Western, and several others that have served the state in the past. Rick will also share images of today’s railroading and tell a few railroad stories. Be sure and bring your own family railroad memorabilia and remembrances to share.

This program was made possible with a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Rapid City Public Libraries have served the Rapid City area since 1879, and now have three locations, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street, the north partner library within General Beadle Elementary School at 10 Van Buren Street, and the east partner library at Western Dakota Tech at 800 Mickelson Drive. All offer print and electronic resources for adults, young adults and children, as well as computers, internet access and a variety of programs and events. In March 2008, USA Today named the Rapid City Public Libraries’ downtown library as one of the nation’s 10 greatest places to “Find a Nook and Read a Book.”


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Nov 1 2014

A Christmas Tradition – TREES AND TRAINS 2014

SDSRM Christmas 2

Annual Train Show and Christmas Celebration

November 28th through December 28th, 2014

Wonderfully decorated Christmas trees * Operating Scale Model Trains

Train-related Art, Gifts and Treasures * Historic Exhibits

Local Artists on Select Dates * Holiday Fun for All Ages


T&T crowd 2014


Friday, December 12   10am-4pm

*Saturday, December 13   10am-6pm

Burlington Northern Heritage Day

Sunday, December 14   12-4pm


Friday, December 19   10am-4pm

*Saturday, December 20   10am-6pm

Chicago and North Western Day

*Sunday, December 21   10am-6pm

Monday, December 22   10am-4pm

*Tuesday, December 23


December 24 and 25



Friday, December 26   10am-4pm

Saturday, December 27  10am-4pm

Sunday, December 28   12-4pm

* 1880 TRAIN Holiday Express Trains operating (Train times/reservations call 605-574-2222)

Admission – Adults – $5 each * 12 and under – FREE


Video from KNBN-TV interview with Rick Mills –



Sep 24 2014

Thank You All So Much! CHEW-CHOO BBQ and Concert a GREAT Success!

Dede Farrar with her magnificent donated art original - Prairie Flight - purchased in the live auction by Kelly Bail of Buffalo, South Dakota.

Artist Dede Farrar poses with her magnificent donated acrylic original – Prairie Flight – purchased in the live auction by Kelly Bail of Buffalo, South Dakota.

Thanks to all that attended and sponsored our FIRST Annual Chew-Choo BBQ and Concert!

What can I say? Great Food, Great Friends, Great Music, Great Auction Items, and Great Weather – AMEN! Smiles for Miles – Just another thing that we strive for here at the SDSRM. THANK YOU to our great chefs Bob, Moni, John and Kris, our helpers from the Hill City Boys and Girls Club, our amazing musical talents Hank and Kenny, and also to our event sponsors and donors- SD WHEAT GROWERS, BNSF Railway, RCP&E Railroad, SD Arts Council, Coca-Cola, Action Mechanical, Great Western Tire, and Time Tool and Equipment.

Aug 29 2014

Please Save The Date! CHEW-CHOO BBQ and CONCERT September 21st


Call for your tickets to a great afternoon of BBQ food, Music by South Dakota performing legends Hank Harris and Kenny Putnam, Live and silent auction action, FREE admission to the Museum, Fun entertainment for the family, and an exciting announcement about an unprecedented SDSRM promotion scheduled for 2015! YOUR ticket is only $25 for Adults – Kids 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult.

You are invited to dress in your favorite railroad attire – All Aboard!

Jul 26 2014

A Dinner in the (Museum) Diner

Walsh 2014

It was a pleasure to welcome Jo Roebuck-Pearson, Bill Walsh and their guests into the “Museum dining car” on July 24th for an special evening – an evening of champagne,  fine wines, and an authentic five-course meal featuring actual railroad dining service cuisine  as researched and skillfully presented by hostess and Museum board member Marcia Mitchell.

The courses you ask?

Cream of Peanut Soup, Crab Imperial, Pennsylvania Salad, Escallops of Veal Piquante, and a delicious slice of Cantaloupe Pie… and five fine wines from our partners at Prairie Berry Winery.

Thank you! We count ourselves fortunate to count Bill and Jo as friends and supporters of the Museum.


Jun 9 2014

South Dakota’s New Railroad – Welcome to the RCP&E!

RCP&E:Owanka 6:4:2014

RCP&E 3420 nose 6:4:2014

June 1, 2014, marked the first day of operations of South Dakota’s newest railroad – the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad. The new company’s corporate offices are located in Rapid City – the base from which the railroad will operate over 650 miles of former C&NW/DM&E/CP and GN/BN trackage in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Minnesota.

The railroad’s first repainted locomotive – the RCP&E SD40-2 number 3420, is pictured leading train HURC (Huron-Rapid City) at Owanka, South Dakota, on June 4th.

May 26 2014

A memorable Memorial Day at the Museum

Christofferson 1

Christofferson 2

It has been a memorable Memorial Day here at the Museum. On this day, we honor all of our Nation’s veterans and others that have served this country and touched our lives including family members, friends, and railroaders. While shooting the image of the Museum’s newest HO locomotive on the layout Kelly Christofferson and her daughters Dalaney and Sedona stopped by to visit. In visiting with Kelly, she told me that her granddad Charles Easley had worked for the CB&Q and later the BN out of Galesburg, Illinois, for many years before his retirement. Our Burlington items and other childhood recollections of him brought Kelly to tears – what fond memories!

Also, the new HO scale locomotive, the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern # 6359, the Mount Rushmore, is shown on the layout. As of May 31st, the real #6359 will remain a part of the Canadian Pacific Railway but the west end of the former DM&E in South Dakota will become the new Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad – a new era in South Dakota railroading begins… more memories for us.

Thanks to John Kilbride for locating this collectible HO model for us in New Jersey, and for its donation by Jack Stengel.