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The Mandan railroad museum was designated the official state railroad museum of North Dakota in 1989. Large and small railroad artifacts fill all corners of the museum, demonstrating the uniqueness of items designed and made specifically for the operations of the railroads.
The museum offers five acres filled with full-size railroad artifacts and equipment. Railroad Days is the 4th Sunday of every August.
The Railroad Museum has a unique display of HO model 'hopper cars' from the collection of Dr. Kenneth J. Johnson of Bismarck, ND. The Railroad Museum has a special collection of 'Timetables' from every railroad in the United States. The Railroad Museum has an extensive collection of photographs from the camera of Ron V. Nixon, a longtime Northern Pacific dispatcher. Artifacts, both large and small, fill all corners of the Railroad Museum. They reflect the uniqueness of items especially designed and made for the operations of the railroads. For some romance of old-time railroading, or to look at old rolling stock, or assorted railroad memorabilia, consider a stop at the North Dakota State Railroad Museum in Mandan.
Memorial Day (May 26, 2014) to Labor Day (September 1, 2014), 1pm to 5pm each day.
Admission is free, however, we do accept donations.
The Railroad Museum is located off of Interstate 94 at Exit 152 in Mandan. Go one mile west on Old Red Trail, then turn left on 37th Street and then right on 30th Avenue. Follow the Brown "RR Museum" signs.
The law designating the The Mandan railroad museum, established in 1972 in Mandan as the official North Dakota state railroad museum is found in the North Dakota Revised Statutes, Title 54, Chapter 54-02, Section 54-02-14
STATE EMBLEMS, SYMBOLS, AND AWARDS
54-02-14. State railroad museum.
The Mandan railroad museum, established in 1972 in Mandan, is hereby designated the North Dakota state railroad museum. No state agency or institution may provide appropriated funds to the state railroad museum nor is the state responsible for any obligations of the museum.