Colfax Railroad Museum

Colfax Railroad Museum Museum Hours: May 1-Oct 31 Wed-Sun 11am-4pm Family: $20 Adults: $8 Children 7-14: $5 Children
We are located at: 500 Railroad Ave Colfax, WI 54730 If you would like to schedule a group tour, contact Herb at (715)962-2076.
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Guided tours are available during hours of operation or by appointment. Tours include history of railroads in Western Wisconsin, the railroad equipment, and the settlement of the area.

Mission: A Wisconsin Non-Profit institution dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of our western Wisconsin railroad heritage.

04/02/2020
Christopher Lennertz - Will Wakes - Lost In Space: Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

Do you know our board of directors? Here’s an introduction to our vice-chair, Joe Murphy!

Joe is a prominent studio musician in Nashville, TN, and has been on numerous movie soundtracks and commercial records. He can be heard playing in the soundtrack of the new Netflix series, Lost in Space. Enjoy!

"Will Wakes" by Christopher Lennertz Lost In Space: Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

03/31/2020

We are currently following the Governor’s guidelines for closure. We are still set for a May 1st opening if things clear up. We had our first safety test on the 7.5” gauge train the past weekend and have some winter grading repairs to do before the state ride inspection. Over the next two weeks we are clearing out a huge model railroad layout so the new home buyers can move in. We plan to start a model railroad club at the wooden depot. The mainline will be over 200’ run when it is all setup and operational. It will be computerized and handle up to six trains at a time.

12/31/2019

While the weather outside is frightful, completing your railroad projects is quite delightful. We have what you need for your trains! Z through G, 7.5”, and full size!

12/30/2019

Due to the unsafe winter conditions, the hobby shop will be closed today.

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays from our family to yours!

Museum secretary/treasurer asked Santa for a new wall on the Minnesota, Northfield, & Southern caboose.  Thanks to our c...
12/24/2019

Museum secretary/treasurer asked Santa for a new wall on the Minnesota, Northfield, & Southern caboose. Thanks to our community service volunteer, it came!! More work still needs to be done to preserve one of the last wooden-body cars built for main-line service, but this goes a long way to save this important piece of railroad history.

11/29/2019

We won’t be open this weekend for Small Business Saturday due to weather. If you wish to help support us, please donate at 7am on Tuesday morning for #givingtuesday as Facebook will be matching the first $7M donated that day.

11/05/2019

This weekend, our chairperson and secretary/treasurer will be at Trainfest in Milwaukee. Our chair started a model train club at the school he teaches in and they are displaying their modules. Find us in the builder's program area.

09/22/2019

Due to a family emergency, we will be opening late (1pm) today.

We had several volunteers from Walmart Distribution and Thrivent come and help us this summer. We appreciate the work th...
08/31/2019

We had several volunteers from Walmart Distribution and Thrivent come and help us this summer. We appreciate the work they do and would love to have your company or group help for a day, too!

It’s been a bit of a journey, and longer than we had hoped, but the final “spike” has been driven on our newest attracti...
08/31/2019

It’s been a bit of a journey, and longer than we had hoped, but the final “spike” has been driven on our newest attraction.

There’s a lot being paved at the depot.
08/09/2019

There’s a lot being paved at the depot.

07/30/2019
Big Boy #4014 Race Across Wisconsin

Museum chairperson, Bill Sakalaucks chased the Big Boy from Altoona to Warrens on Wednesday. He put together this video of the chase. https://youtu.be/ly5ogJfZcLw

I chased Union Pacific Big Boy #4015 across west-central Wisconsin. Staying on US Highway 12 the length of my chase I was able to keep pace and get some shor...

How about matchboxes of a Centennial or patches?
07/23/2019

How about matchboxes of a Centennial or patches?

What about Union Pacific ashtrays or mugs?
07/23/2019

What about Union Pacific ashtrays or mugs?

Need some china?? We have many pieces for sale.
07/23/2019

Need some china?? We have many pieces for sale.

The engine house has doors. Just some final trim work around the roof and it will be complete.
07/21/2019

The engine house has doors. Just some final trim work around the roof and it will be complete.

Just some of the Union Pacific items on sale Tuesday and Wednesday! China, HO Scale, N Scale, and other items available....
07/21/2019

Just some of the Union Pacific items on sale Tuesday and Wednesday! China, HO Scale, N Scale, and other items available. All UP items 10% off.

With the ride-on train nearing completion, we needed to build an engine house for that equipment. Progress on the additi...
07/19/2019

With the ride-on train nearing completion, we needed to build an engine house for that equipment. Progress on the addition to the depot’s garage and the parking area. Asphalt is waiting to be put down to finish the paving.

07/12/2019

Not sure where to watch the Big Boy as it comes through western Wisconsin? There are a number of great locations in Dunn County and Eau Claire County to safely chase or park and watch.

If you have access to a boat, the UP bridge over the Red Cedar River as it empties into Lake Menomin is a great photo opportunity.

Highway 25 just north of Wal-Mart is an excellent place to see him from above, as well as the old Menomonie Junction depot just below that same bridge.

County Highway B is an fantastic grade level crossing with a truck stop for additional parking (make sure to grab a drink or snack while using their lot).

Highway 12 through Elk Mound follows the line for a few miles as it approaches Eau Claire. This line runs behind the Menards corporate offices and convention hall.

Again, be sure you are safe, have a second person operating your vehicle or camera while chasing, do not trespass, and support any businesses that allow you to park while you watch history roll by.

Today we say au revoir to our Soo Line plywood sheathed caboose.  A new museum group in Colby purchased her last fall an...
07/11/2019

Today we say au revoir to our Soo Line plywood sheathed caboose. A new museum group in Colby purchased her last fall and is taking her home to display there.

06/27/2019

Five years ago, Colfax was hit by an EF1 tornado. The damage was much less than the tornado in 1958. A few months later, the museum acquired the second depot. We are still in the middle of renovations to the building for use as our archive and community space.

06/14/2019
CBS Sunday Morning

CBS Sunday Morning

This #SundayMorning
In the 19th century, crews built the Transcontinental Railroad, meeting on May 10, 1869 in Utah. To help mark the project's 150th anniversary, Union Pacific engine #4014, built in the 1940s, has been restored. https://cbsn.ws/2WIaAx4

06/13/2019

The Union Pacific Steam Team announced the “Race Across the Midwest” tour for Big Boy #4014. This tour includes a stop in Altoona, Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 23rd. We will be open that day for any rail fans! This day will include special discounts on Union Pacific merchandise and items in our gift shop. We look forward to seeing you there!!

A young track crew showed up to help this weekend.  120 feet of track laid and ballasted, and the first connection made ...
04/21/2019

A young track crew showed up to help this weekend. 120 feet of track laid and ballasted, and the first connection made to the switch towards the engine house.

04/11/2019

We've laid 150' of 7.5" track in the past three days. Only 60' left to finish the mainline! The only thing slowing us down now is the 12" of snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

Where are the extra crews when you need them? 26" of snow at track's end and up to the top of the rails in ice. Gives a ...
03/13/2019

Where are the extra crews when you need them? 26" of snow at track's end and up to the top of the rails in ice. Gives a whole new perspective on what the Chinese and Irish immigrant workers went through to lay the tracks for the 1st transcontinental railroad. At 1/7the scale, this would equate to 16' high snow banks. Sure hope this week's rain starts to melt the snow or our May 11th Golden Spike ceremony for our new ride on train may be in jeopardy. Stay tuned for updates.

We are by the Chippewa Valley Garden Railroaders! Books, HO, N, G, O, Lionel, and S scale all represented at our tables!
01/05/2019

We are by the Chippewa Valley Garden Railroaders! Books, HO, N, G, O, Lionel, and S scale all represented at our tables!

12/19/2018

Thanks to all of you who voted for the Museum during the Markquart Motors Gives Back campaign. Unfortunately, were not selected as a top 5 finisher. You can still support the museum with a small donation for the end of year through our page here.

Markquart Motors in Eau Claire is giving $10,000.00 each to five local non-profit organizations as decided by popular vo...
11/17/2018
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Markquart Motors in Eau Claire is giving $10,000.00 each to five local non-profit organizations as decided by popular vote. While we aren’t one of the few listed, you can write-in the Colfax Railroad Museum! You can vote once per email address! No geographic restrictions for voting!

Funds will be used to build the engine house for our new 7.5" gauge miniature railroad and help install a parking lot at the 1898 depot for visitors.

https://www.markquartgivesback.com

5 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WILL EACH RECEIVE $10,000 vote for the org that is important to you vote now Hurry voting ends December 14!

10/28/2018

And we're starting to roll! We still have a long ways to go and need your help to get there.

As track is ballasted, rolling checks are made by the harshest of critics. James approves. Photos courtesy of Herbert Sa...
10/20/2018

As track is ballasted, rolling checks are made by the harshest of critics. James approves.

Photos courtesy of Herbert Sakalaucks

The weather outside is frightful? But the track laying is so delightful! It's about 63 feet so far.  Working from a ride...
10/14/2018

The weather outside is frightful? But the track laying is so delightful! It's about 63 feet so far. Working from a ride-on freight car!

Photos courtesy of Herbert Sakalaucks.

What does this skid-steer have to do with the museum? If you guessed it was starting work for our new ride on train, you...
09/25/2018

What does this skid-steer have to do with the museum? If you guessed it was starting work for our new ride on train, you're on the right track!!!

Photos from Colfax Railroad Museum's post
08/18/2018

Photos from Colfax Railroad Museum's post

The chairman is in town and he’s helping put up coupler mounts on the Omaha Mail Car. Volunteers got them cribbed up und...
08/18/2018

The chairman is in town and he’s helping put up coupler mounts on the Omaha Mail Car.

Volunteers got them cribbed up under the car before this weekend. Bill and Herb are bolting them up to prepare for the couplers to go in soon.

Scraping and prep work in the second depot and Soo Line #703. Photos taken by secretary/treasurer Herbert Sakalaucks.
08/16/2018

Scraping and prep work in the second depot and Soo Line #703. Photos taken by secretary/treasurer Herbert Sakalaucks.

A recap from the last Village Board meeting.
08/01/2018
Colfax Village Board sells Soo Park to the Colfax Railroad Museum

A recap from the last Village Board meeting.

Colfax Village Board sells Soo Park to the Colfax Railroad Museum By Editor | July 30, 2018 | 0 By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX — Colfax can expect to soon have a miniature train ride. The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved selling Soo Park to the Colfax Railroad Museum at the July 23 board meetin...

07/24/2018

A big thank you to the businesses and residents of Colfax for coming out in support of the museum at tonight’s village board meeting. After presenting the proposal to purchase the land and finish paving of the street, the words of support from County Development representative Turner, and affirmations of support from other local business owners, the board voted unanimously (7-0) to sell a parcel in Soo Line Park to the museum. We are excited to begin laying track for the ride-on train soon!

-William Sakalaucks
Board Chairperson

07/16/2018
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We’re getting ready for day 2 of the international toy train expo!
07/08/2018

We’re getting ready for day 2 of the international toy train expo!

While we are at the International Train Expo in Eau Claire, the museum is still open for tours! If you’re in town for th...
07/07/2018

While we are at the International Train Expo in Eau Claire, the museum is still open for tours! If you’re in town for the Eaux Claires music festival, stop by and say “hello!”

05/27/2018

Address

500 E Railroad Ave
Colfax, WI
54730

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(715) 962-2076

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The 703 at work.
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Will you all be open on Labor Day? Also, do I have to take part in a guided tour to see the museum or is that optional?