The Archives Collection includes corporate records and documents, annual reports, maps, mechanical and engineering drawings, oral histories, film and ephemera. The holdings of the collection represent various railroad companies, labor unions, and fraternal organizations. Two of the largest holdings are for the Green Bay and Western Railroad and the Chicago and North Western Railroad. The oldest item in the archive collection dates to 1835.
The Library Collection of the National Railroad Museum represent a variety of topics that allow researchers to interpret the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of U.S. railroading history. The museum has an extensive collection of railroad magazines, such as: Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Railfan and Railroad and Trains Magazine. Other valuable research materials include editions of the Official Guide of the Railways, the Science of Railways, and the Car and Locomotive Cyclopedia.
Items held within these collections are non-circulating. To access these collections, please contact the Curator of Collections to schedule an appointment.
The Museum accepts requests for reproduction of materials held within these collections as long as doing so will not cause irreparable damage to the item. Furthermore, the Museum may assess a fee for this service. The National Railroad Museum reserves the right to refuse any request for reproduction.
The National Railroad Museum houses artifacts including textiles, uniforms, tools and personal items.
The Museum's artifact collection is accessible by appointment only. Application for access should be directed to the Curator of Collections. The Museum will assist and provide access to groups or individuals whose purposes fall within the mission of the National Railroad Museum. Access may be limited by policy restrictions, space, staff time, or care and security of the collections.
The Photograph Collection includes photographic prints, slides, and film negatives representing railroading in the United States geographically from 1890 through the present day. The Museum is also fortunate to house the Russ Porter Railroad Slide Collection.
Copies of images held in the Museum's collection can be produced for a fee. Please contact the Curator of Collections for more information or see the attachment below to download the Photographic Collection Schedule of Fees.
The National Railroad Museum houses some of the nation's most significant examples of rolling stock including the Union Pacific 4017 "Big Boy" and the Pennsylvania GG-1 electric locomotive. Over 70 locomotives and railcars are on exhibit.
Currently, the London and Northeastern Railway #1591 and #1592 are undergoing restoration. These two cars served as command cars for General Dwight D. Eisenhower during WWII. Restoration on these cars will be completed in August 2014 as part of a new exhibit celebrating the return of the "Dwight D. Eisenhower" locomotive, currently on exhibit in England.
The Museum also has a rolling stock collection for operational use. This consists of two diesel locomotives, one bi-level passenger car, one single level passenger car, a specially designed open-air passenger car and a combination dining/ lounge car. For information on train rides, please see the "Visit" tab on our website.
Artifacts, archival materials and books may be added to the Museum's collections by means of gift, bequest, purchase, or exchange with other non-profit museums. Individual parties wishing to make a donation are requested to contact the Curator of Collections at (920) 437-7623, extension 14, or click here for email, prior to sending or delivering material to the Museum.