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All Scale Rails
Digital magazine founded in 2015 featuring high quality articles on model railroading with a spritz of actual railroads and industries associated with railroads.

Burlington Route Historical Society
The Burlington Route Historical Society (BRHS) is an Illinois non-profit corporation whose membership consists of diverse group of historians, collectors, railfans, photographers, modelers and railroad employees who have banded together to share one common interest, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad; its two affiliates, the Colorado & Southern and the Fort Worth & Denver; and their predecessors.

Chicago & North Western Historical Society
The Chicago & North Western Historical Society was founded in 1973 by Joe Follmar and a group of Midwestern railfans interested in the C&NW, along with its predecessor and successor roads. These roads include the Chicago, St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha; the Minneapolis & St. Louis; the Chicago Great Western; the Litchfield & Madison; the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern; the Des Moines & Central Iowa; and many more.

Classic Trains magazine (Kalmbach Publications)
Classic Trains Magazine by Kalmbach Publishing Co. Take a ride through railroading’s golden past when giant steam engines ruled the rails. Classic Trains covers the 1930’s through the 60’s with remarkable photography, detailed reporting, and first-hand accounts from people who worked the great passenger and freight trains.

Green Bay & Western Historical Society
The Green Bay & Western Historical Society was founded in 2006 by a dedicated group of individuals looking to preserve the history of the Green Bay & Western, Ahnapee & Western, and Fox River Valley Railroads.

Harlowton Museum, 11 & 36 South Central, Harlowton, Montana. Home to the largest HO scale collection of Milwaukee Road models in the United States. The collection, with over 550 models including approximately 450 of the Milwaukee Road – tells the story of railroads in Central Montana including the Montana Railroad (the Jawbone), the Milwaukee Road, the White Sulphur Springs & Yellowstone Park Railroad, the BNSF and Montana Rail Link. The town, which attributes its very existence to the coming of the railroads, is also home to a beautifully restored Milwaukee Road depot built in 1908.

Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Ill.
Illinois Railway Museum The award winning Illinois Railway Museum (IRM), open from April through October, celebrates railway preservation with electric cars, steam trains, diesel trains, trolley buses and motor buses operating throughout the grounds. It is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here at Union on what was once farmland. The main line trackage was laid on the vacant right-of-way of the Elgin & Belvidere Electric railway. This museum was the film location for all of the scenes on the train and at the railroad depot in the movie “A League of Their Own.”

Jackson Street Roundhouse (Minnesota Transportation Museum), 193 Pennsylvania Ave. E St. Paul, Minn. The Great Northern Railway’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, a former steam engine maintenance caboose or bus rides on Saturdays. Available for group, charter, or birthday party rentals.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, Minn.
The old Duluth Union Depot (built in 1892) is now home to four museums, but continues to function as a train depot for the excursion trains of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. There are about 25 pieces of railroad locomotives, passenger equipment, cabooses, and service equipment on display, plus other railroading artifacts, hundreds of photographs, and several interactive exhibits.

Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wis.
Catch a glimpse of railroad history from the photo albums of the Marathon County Historical Society, Wisconsin. The Society has allowed selected images from their collection to be included in the MPA book, “Route of the North Woods Hiawatha: The Milwaukee Road’s Wisconsin Valley Line.” The book is also available for sale in the Historical Society’s bookstore.

Merrill Historical Society, 102 E. 3rd St., Merrill, Wis., 715-536-5652
Merrill, Wisconsin was originally called Jenny, but renamed officially in 1883 to Merrill in honor The name was changed to Merrill in honor of S.S. Merrill, the general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad. The historical society was formed in 1978 and is housed in a former church and parsonage. A new history and cultural center addition includes a railroad library and railroad display area.

McMillan Library, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Rd. North Freedom, WI 53951. 608-522-4261 or 800-930-1385.
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society–also known as Mid-Continent Railway Museum–is an outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life during the “Golden Age of Railroading,” spanning the years 1880-1916, with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock. Mid-Continent has operated at North Freedom, Wisconsin since 1963.

Milwaukee Road Historical Association (MRHA)
Milwaukee Road Historical Association (MRHA), Antioch, Illinois. Online store and resources pertaining to the history of the Milwaukee Road. The MRHA 2012 Annual Convention will be held in Moscow, Idaho June 28-July 1, 2012.

National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
4121 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421. 423-892-2846.
The National Model Railroad Association endeavors to supply the hobby at large with a national forum to provide information and dialogue on the hobby products and services available to them. The organization offers its approximately 19,500 members resources for education and research, and also sponsors the National Train Show in which to share information with other modeling railroading enthusiasts.

National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay, Wis. 920-437-7623
What began in 1956 as an effort to acquire a single steam locomotive for a city park has grown into one of the largest rail museums in the nation. It now serves over 75,000 visitors annually. Today, a professional staff of 12 and over 100 unpaid staff members welcome visitors from all over the world.

Pre War American Flyer Trains online forum,  Post pictures of your collection or ask questions.  Located on the Classic Toy Trains website and moderated by railfan, “Northwoods Flyer”.

Railfan & Railroad magazine (Carstens Publications)
In 1974, Carstens Publications launched Railfan as a bi-monthly publication. Five years later, it was combined with Railroad Magazine to become Railfan & Railroad. In 1987, Railfan & Railroad became a regular monthly publication.

Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS)

Rock Island Technical Society (RITS)

Shoreline Historical Society

Soo Line Historical & Technical Society

T.B. Scott Library, Merrill, Wis.

Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wis.

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