Minnesota Transportation Museum
The Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM, reporting mark MNTX) is a transportation museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States.

The MTM operates several heritage transportation sites in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin. The museum is actively involved in preserving local railroad, bus and streetcar history.

The MTM was formed in 1962 to save a streetcar that had been built and operated by Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) in Minneapolis–St. Paul. Many of the museum's early members were formerly part of the Minnesota Railfans Association, which had organized railfan trips from the 1940s to the 1960s.

In 2004–2005, the organization's streetcar operations became the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. In addition, a steamboat that was originally built by TCRT in a style similar to its streetcars became the Museum of Lake Minnetonka.

Minnehaha Depot
After the first streetcar, TCRT No. 1300, was successfully restored, other projects were examined in the time before the streetcar could be put on its own set of rails.

The Minnehaha Depot was a former Milwaukee Road depot at Minnehaha Falls. The station, built in 1875, was nicknamed "The Princess" because of its delicate architecture. The depot is a contributing property to the Minnehaha Historic District. Trains running on special routes have sometimes stopped at the station, and it was eventually integrated into the area streetcar system. Tracks owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway reach the station, though it is at the disused end of a rail spur.

The depot is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Transportation Museum operates the depot for the Minnesota Historical Society. In 1967, the depot became the first building to be restored by the museum and it was outfitted with exhibits. The METRO Blue Line station serving Minnehaha Park is now located across the road from the old depot.

Classic buses
Several buses from the 1940s and 1950s are also operated by the museum. Most equipment in the bus collection were built by the GMC division of General Motors, and represent vehicles that replaced the streetcars in the Twin Cities in the 1950s. The conversion from a streetcar to bus system required two years. The last trolley run was on Hennepin Avenue on June 18, 1954.

The collection consists of buses operated in and across Minnesota. Earliest is a 1942 Mack (used in conjunction with the Commemorative Air Force) which transported war workers to the B-24 final assembly point at what is now St Paul's Holman Field, and a block of 1953/54 GMC transit units, two of which are painted in original Twin Cities Lines colors. The buses are used in regular charter service, and form a very visible part of the museum's collection, often used in wedding and corporate charters, and on the museum's city tours.

This part of the collection is sponsored by Richfield Bus Company, graciously providing maintenance and licensing to operate them.

As the museum has acquired much of its bus collection from Metro Transit, the bus company sometimes requests the use of the old buses for special events.

Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway
MTM, in conjunction with the Historical Society of Osceola, Wisconsin, operates a heritage railroad called the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway. Excursion trains are operated on trackage formerly owned by Wisconsin Central Ltd., now part of Canadian National Railway.

Excursion trains operate from the historic Osceola Depot, north to Dresser, Wisconsin, and southbound to and through the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Regular schedules begin on the first weekend in May, continuing through the last week of October. Special Event trains operate through the season, including Mother's Day and Father's Day dining specials, the popular fireworks train to Marine-on-St Croix, the Pumpkin Train (Halloween) and Fall Leaf Viewing trains through the River Valley. Passenger classes are General Tourist, First Class and Dining Car.

Dining Car service is handled by the Osceola and St Croix Dinner Train, operating on alternating weekends. Service includes Brunch and Dinner, classic affairs done in the old "high dollar style". All Dinner Trains are "full service", served by staff on matched white linens and original diner china, 60 to 90 years old. In the past few years, the Dinner Train has been noted as "the place" for graduation dinners, wedding receptions, and anniversaries. It is listed in several travel reviews as having "Four Star" service.

At the Osceola service area, several locomotives and pieces of rolling stock will be on display. All equipment has been reconditioned to standard operating condition, including classic 1920s open-window coaches, Great Northern express coaches and a refreshment car. Locomotives currently in running condition are classic diesel-electric.

In past years the classic steam engine, Northern Pacific No. 328 (4-6-0) was used to pull the trains, but has been placed in restoration status due to its age (107 yrs).

The regular service train route runs approximately 50 minutes to/from Dresser, Wisconsin, and 100 minutes to/from Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.

The Museum also operates the Dresser Depot at the northeast terminus of the line in Dresser, WI. The Depot has been preserved exactly as if the staff stepped out for a break, down to calendars and railroad notices. It is also the site of Pumpkin Train Park, hosting several thousand visitors during the pre-Halloween weekend.

Jackson Street Roundhouse
The Jackson Street Roundhouse is MTM headquarters in St. Paul, as well as a fully functional railroad roundhouse, one of the last of its kind in the country. During winter months, the Roundhouse is a functioning work area for Museum rolling stock, often with the volunteer workforce welding, grinding and sending sparks flying. Visitors taking the escorted shop tours are often amazed at the work being performed, commenting to docents and staff that they have "...never seen anything like it."

Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, year-round, it is where the museum's locomotives and rolling stock come for maintenance and restoration. It is highly interactive, offering train rides (Saturdays) as well as hands-on exhibits about surface transportation history of Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

The building was erected by the Great Northern Railway in 1907, replacing another older roundhouse. The site has been used for rail transportation since the first railroad came to Minnesota (1860s). The Roundhouse and surrounding grounds are a near complete display of American Industrial history from the 19th century through the mid-20th century.

The Roundhouse is home to equipment as varied as Pullman coaches, Northern Pacific RR mail & baggage cars, an operating 115-foot (35 m) turntable, a 200-ton lifting crane, an F7A passenger engine (under long term restoration to operating status), a Brill Car (one of the last of its kind) and our fleet of classic buses.

The roundhouse is also home to the famous Northern Pacific Railway steam engine No. 2156, best known to many Twin Cities children from the 1960s and 1970s as Casey Jones' steam engine, from the popular children's program. No. 2156 is currently undergoing stabilization to become part of a "Steam Bay" exhibit, demonstrating the inner workings of steam locomotives. It will be displayed next to its sister engine No. 2153, restored cosmetically to original operating configuration.

Rutledge Depot
The Rutledge Depot is also housed at the Jackson Street Roundhouse.

Train Equipment
Steam Locomotives
Locomotive: Northern Pacific 328

Type: Class S-10 4-6-0
Built: 1905 Alco
Retired: 1950
Acquired: Leased 1976
On Display: Yes
Operational: 1981–1999

Locomotive: Northern Pacific 2153

Type: Class Q-3 4-6-2
Built: 1909 Baldwin
Retired: 1950s
Acquired: Donated 2000
On Display: In Cosmetic Restoration
Operational: No

Locomotive: Northern Pacific 2156

Type: Class Q-3 4-6-2
Built: 1909 Baldwin
Retired: 1950s
Acquired: Leased 1980 - Purchased Later
On Display: In Cosmetic Restoration
Operational: No

Diesel Locomotives
Locomotive: Soo Line 559 (Rock Island 1223)

Type: GP-7
Built: 1951 EMD
Acquired: Purchased 1998
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Status: In Restoration

Locomotive: Northern Pacific (LST&T) 105

Type: SW1200
Built: 1957 EMD
Acquired: 1987
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Status: Stored

Locomotive: Lake Superior Terminal & Transfer 101

Type: NW2
Built: 1948 EMD
Acquired: 1986
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Status: Stored

Locomotive: Andersen Windows 3110 (Wabash 110)

Type: SW-1
Built: 1949 EMD
Retired: 2000
Acquired: Donated 2000
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Status: Operational

Locomotive: Burlington Northern 6234 (Colorado & Southern 839)

Type: SD9
Built: 1959 EMD
Retired: 2003
Acquired: Donated 2003
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Status: Operational

Locomotive: Great Northern 325

Type: SDP40
Built: 1966 EMD
Retired: 2008
Acquired: Donated 2009
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Status: Operational

Locomotive: Great Northern 400 "Hustle Muscle"

Type: SD45
Built: 1966 EMD
Retired: 1986
Acquired: Custodial Loan 2000 (owned by Great Northern Railway Historical Society)
Location: BNSF's Northtown Yard
Status: Out of Service

Locomotive: Great Northern 454-A

Type: F7A
Built: 1950 EMD
Retired: 1981
Acquired: 2003
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Status: In Restoration

Locomotive: US Navy 10106

Type: 45-Tonner
Built: 1942 GE
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Status: Operational

Locomotive: Great Northern 558

Type: SD7
Built: 1952 EMD
Retired: 1983
Acquired: 2018
Location: Pipestone, MN
Status: In Restoration

Passenger Cars
Car Type: Streamlined Lounge/Observation/Business Car

Car Number: A-11
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Streamlined Parlor-Buffet

Car Number: 1084
Car Name: "Twin Ports"
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Restoration

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 502
Railroad Company: Milwaukee Road (MILW)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Streamlined Baggage

Car Number: 265
Car Name: "Mariah"
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 598
Railroad Company: Burlington Route (CB&Q)/Northern Pacific (NP)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
In Storage; Restoration Planned.

Car Type: Streamlined Dome Car

Car Number: 4709
Car Name: "Silver Castle"
Railroad Company: Burlington Route (CB&Q)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage; Restoration Planned.

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 1096
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 1097
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service (used as dining car).

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 1213
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 1215
Car Name: "City Of Osceola"
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service (used as a Lounge car).

Car Type: Streamlined Coach

Car Number: 1224
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage; Restoration Planned.

Car Type: Heavyweight MU Trailer Commuter Coach

Car Number: 2232
Railroad Company: Erie Lakawanna (EL)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Heavyweight Commuter Coach

Car Number: 2529
Railroad Company: Rock Island (CRI&P)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Heavyweight Commuter Coach

Car Number: 2604
Railroad Company: Rock Island (CRI&P)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Heavyweight Commuter Coach

Car Number: 2608
Railroad Company: Rock Island (CRI&P)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Heavyweight Triple Combination

Car Number: 1102
Railroad Company: Northern Pacific (NP)
Location: Osceola and St. Croix Valley RY
Notes: In Service

Car Type: Streamlined Diner

Car Number: 1146
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Restoration

Car Type: Steam Heat Car

Car Number: 16
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage (Painted Burlington Northern).

Car Type: Combine

Car Number: 506
Railroad Company: St. Paul, Minneapolis, & Manitoba (St.PM&M)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage

Car Type: Coach

Car Number: X-757
Car Name: "Drover's Coach"
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Heavyweight Baggage

Car Number: 480
Railroad Company: Great Northern Railway (GN)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Baggage-Mail-Express

Car Number: 101
Railroad Company: Duluth, South Shore, & Atlantic (DSS&A)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Baggage-Express

Car Number: 8676
Railroad Company: Chicago & Northwestern (CNW)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Heavyweight Business Car

Car Number: 2352
Car Name: "Gopher"
Railroad Company: Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern (MN&S)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: Heavyweight Coach

Car Number: 30
Railroad Company: Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range (DMIR)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage

Car Type: Heavyweight Coach

Car Number: 1370
Railroad Company: Northern Pacific (NP)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage

Car Type: Heavyweight Diner

Car Number: 1472
Railroad Company: Soo Line (SOO)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: In Storage

Car Type: Coach

Car Number: 1024
Railroad Company: MNTX
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: On Display

Car Type: 12-1 Sleeper

Car Number: 1227
Car Name: "Valhalla"
Railroad Company: Soo Line (SOO)
Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
Notes: Demolished on site 10/20/2017 (went to Valhalla).

Minnesota Transportation Museum Overview
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates: 44°57′45″N 93°5′46″W
Type: Transportation museum

MTM and Corporate Office and Jackson Street Roundhouse Address: 193 Pennsylvania Ave. E., Saint Paul, MN 55130
Osceola & St. Croix River Valley Railway Address: 114 Depot Rd., Osceola, WI 54020
Minnehaha Depot Address: Minneapolis in Minnehaha Park near Highway 55 and Minnehaha Parkway
Phone: 651-228-0263
Official Website: http://www.transportationmuseum.org/

See also:

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

Railway Museums

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Great Northern EMD F7A No. 454-A was built in 1950.

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