Nov 1 2014

A Christmas Tradition – TREES AND TRAINS 2014

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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

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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



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

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