“relive the rail time ways”
Our mission is to "provide educational experiences that foster an understanding of railroad history, industrial science and steam technology related to the development of the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains regions of North America." This complex was originally built in 1917 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway Company, more commonly known as The Milwaukee Road. It was the 2nd largest shop complex in the Milwaukee's system behind their home shops in Milwaukee, WI. The site originally encompassed over 50 acres of land and incorporated over 25 buildings to include a 30 stall roundhouse, machine/blacksmith shop, car/carpenter shop, steam power plant, water softener plant, stores warehouse, sand drying house and two wooden sand towers, a 300 ton capacity wood coal tower and more. The complex also included over 10 miles of track and employed over 500 people. The typical work accomplished at these shops is highlighted by an article from the Sioux City Journal providing a year end production report on the Milwaukee Railroad Shops for 1948.
If you have any interest in history or trains, this place will appeal to you. See big ol' locomotives, learn about the importance of the train in our progress, and learn about the special role this location played in that progress. Great place to spend the afternoon.
Very friendly and open. Great location (former Milwaukee Road roundhouse) with some unique equipment. I visited another museum in Illinois that did not allow photographs and had more ‘do not touch’ signs than exhibits. Sioux City was warm and inviting and encouraged interaction. If I did not live so far away, I would be volunteering.
Here is their web site: http://siouxcityrailroadmuseum.org/
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