Jul 26 2014

A Dinner in the (Museum) Diner

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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!

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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

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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.


Mar 2 2014

Order Now! 2014 HO SDSRM Commemorative Car Kit

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Reserve your limited edition car today!

$28.95 each*
$ 6.50 Priority Mail Shipping (per car)
*SD residents – please add $1.74 SD Sales Tax per car kit


Feb 11 2014

FREE DAYS AT THE MUSEUM – HILL CITY ANTIQUES WEEKEND MARCH 1 and 2

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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

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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
12-6pm

Monday, December 23
10am-6pm

Tuesday, December 24
MUSEUM CLOSED for CHRISTMAS EVE

Wednesday, December 25
MUSEUM CLOSED for CHRISTMAS DAY

Friday, December 27
10am-4pm

Saturday, December 28
10am-4pm

Sunday, December 29
12-4pm

Monday, December 30
10am-4pm

Tuesday, December 31
10am-3pm


Aug 9 2013

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

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AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
IS A GREAT SUCCESS!

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

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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