Osceola & St Croix Valley Railway views
Crossing the St Croix River, river views, Conductor and coach staff, brake replacements
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, a non-profit operating venture of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, operates late Spring, Summer & Fall, with tourist trains, railroad history, Brunch & Dinner Trains, even a Pumpkin Express in fall.
Minnesota Transportation's Osceola & St Croix Railway operates historic train rides and charters for the benefit of those interested in fun, travel, adventure and history.
Osceola & St Croix Valley Railway views
Crossing the St Croix River, river views, Conductor and coach staff, brake replacements
Coming up into Fall, we're looking to have a few events in October.
Jackson Street Roundhouse will have a Halloween weekend or two, with treat bags, a scavenger hunt through out the Roundhouse, and some visits from classic vehicles, a fire engine is scheduled and maybe even someone special. We'll see.
So stay in touch and bring the little ones over for a caboose run. (Just a short one, but still fun.) now
A few more photos from our Car Show, held on the 9th.
The coach in the background is our "Scout Car" used by BSA members going for the railroading merit badge.
Volunteers are doing some needed exterior maintenance.
The Classic Car and Train Show is going great despite the wet weather. Thanks to everyone who is here. We’re open until 9pm. Come on over!
Just a few shots of our "mini" car show last night.
We had some classics (new and old), mini-donuts, train rides and a lot of fun.
Another one at the end of the month too!
Yesterday’s Classic Car and Train Show was lots of fun. We’ll repeat it on September 30. Pass the word. Next time the food truck will show up. Thanks East Side Lions Club for your yummy donuts!
What's that? Your children need something to do?
Well, come on down!
Why, yes. We do still have train rides.
Have plans for Saturday? Come to the Jackson Street Roundhouse and explore our vintage locomotives and passenger coaches, and take a ride in a real caboose. Open from 10-3.
Word is getting out about the MTM Board decision to suspend operations of the railway during this very difficult time.
No matter what we tried to figure out, it was a "No Go!"
So, there will be no operations at Osceola, Wisconsin this year. We will work to restart rail operations in May 2021.
We are able to maintain the Jackson Street Roundhouse in an "open status", with operating hours on Wednesdays and Saturday. 10:00 to 4:00 PM.
Caboose rides will be available on Saturdays.
Here we go! Open at last!
WELCOME BACK!! Jackson Street Roundhouse will be OPEN for July 4th weekend! We strive to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all, so please read the 'fine print'. We're adding an extra coach to our caboose ride so you can spread out and maintain social distance. Rutledge Depot, a unique little part of Minnesota history, will also be open. Times may be different but we're still here and happy to see you!
Stay tuned for upcoming news about the Railway and the Minnesota Transportation Museum's fall season.
Well, as you all can understand, we're still holding off from any decisions as to what date we can start running.
The Covid requirements for operation set some very high bars for us, and we want to do it right.
Watch us for information in coming days as we work things out.
And as always, we thank our friends for checking up on us.
An important announcement from our managers.
UPDATE: Museum closure due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(March 16, 2020)
The leadership of the Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM) continues to follow the advice of health officials who are actively monitoring the of the progression of the novel
coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
Therefore, we are taking the following steps in the
interests of the health and well being of our volunteers, visitors, staff and the community.
The Minnesota Transportation Museum located at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in Saint Paul will close to the public effective immediately through March 31, 2020. We will monitor the situation to determine if further closure is required.
We hope that the coronavirus presents only a short-term interruption and look forward to welcoming our visitors, volunteers, and patrons back as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause.
For those staff, members and volunteers of MTM who regularly work in our shop areas or those with small meetings scheduled, access will continue to be granted for now because of lesser risk.
This could change.
We encourage you to practice social distancing if you are at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. If you are in a designated high-risk group, please stay home. Please checked with your
supervisor to make certain that building access is available.
This is an unprecedented moment for each of us.
We are grateful for the cooperation and support of the entire MTM community and our visitors as we take steps to confront the spread of this virus.
For future updates on this situation, please visit our website at www.trainride.org.
Scott L. Hippert
Chairman of the Board
To our railroading family, we share this announcement.
Congratulations to the East Broad Top Railroad.
We ended our operating year having served several thousand people on our Fall Color Trains, several thousand more on the Pumpkin Express, hundreds on our Dinner Train, and multiple thousands of regular coach riders during the season.
Thank you all who rode with us this year.
And remember that we will be running our Santa's Workshop at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in December.
See ya' there!
Last run, just like he said!
This is it!! Our last trains for the 2019 season will run on Saturday, October 26th. Fall colors are still abundant - come ride with us as we round out a wonderful year!
We really can't say more than what you see here.
Come on out, spend some time in the Osceola, and see the colors of the valley.
Make your reservations today!
What could be better than viewing fall color in Wisconsin while chugging along the tracks on a vintage train? Color flows through Wisconsin from north south,...
Yep! Another "Special".
JUST ANNOUNCED! Extra special excursion train ride - same low ticket price! http://bit.ly/WithrowSpecial
Rare Mileage Run - On Sunday, September 15 on the 2:30pm train we're going an additional 10 miles beyond our normal turnaround point to Withrow! Travel through pastoral countryside, see natural features such as kettles, deer, wildlife and more. This portion of the railroad has not been available to excursion travel for several years and is open for this special trip ONLY. See you on the train!
Due to demand, we've added an additional Dinner Train Date on the 10th of August.
Thanks to Elizabeth, her family and KSTP Channel 5 for coming out to enjoy the day.
Such a fun Saturday aboard the 🚂! See our adventure at the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway on @twincitieslive this Friday! We took a 🍕 train ride and we all absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to go back! Also so fun to visit @osceolaproud — where @jreimers41 and I got married in 2013! ♥️ @ Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
Did you know that on our railroad Teddy Bears always ride for free?
After all, they're barely there.
Every Weekend, May through October
Train ride tickets for our Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway are now on sale! Remember, our Osceola train rides are less than an hour away from the Twin Cities! Come join us for an afternoon train ride starting in May!
Ride along with us from the historic 1916 Osceola Depot in Osceola, Wisconsin to Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota! Trips take about 90 minutes and we offer family ticket packages as well as appreciation ticket prices for seniors, veterans, military personnel, EMT's, firefighters, and police officers!
Pick a date for a ride on our Marine schedule! Click the link below!
Did ya' see our TV commercial on Channel 11?????
Casey Jones Birthday - 16 March
A bit of railroad history, some fun TV from the old days, and maybe even cupcakes!
Come on over, to the Jackson St Roundhouse 10-4.
A bit of something to enjoy on a cold winter's day.
We had a steady flow of people coming into the Museum on Saturday, enjoying some time with us. Even with the snow coming down, it was warm and toasty inside.
Later in the day, when things were quiet, we were testing our video feed and sound system. Put some "Big Band" on and enjoyed stepping back in time.
In the shop, our work gang pulled a 1920's Rock Island commuter coach out into the yard after a few weeks of service and upgrades, followed by pushing another coach in. Steady, hard work getting us ready for the run to Osceola and another season is the norm around here.
Our photo exhibit, "Women Who Worked the Railroads" was very well accepted by our attendees and we'll be doing more "mini-exhibits" like that. Many museums have found a new model in doing "flash" exhibits, that capitalize on the ability of drawing information and photos off the net and getting them out quickly to compliment the longer term exhibits. Watch for them.
Coming up next Saturday will be our celebration of the fabled railway engineer, Casey Jones. We'll be playing the old TV show "Casey Jones" from the '60's, and at noon, we'll change over to the Twin Cities own, "Lunch with Casey", maybe with some cake/cookies and a glass of milk. Come join us.
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
One of the most unique pieces of railroad history and we have a chance to secure for the Museum.
Come on out, have some fun, and please contribute what you can.
And, there's food! Come on out.
We have officially passed the $12,000 mark!!!! Please continue sharing the story of this beautiful railcar and our mission to move it to Minnesota!
Don't forget about our fundraiser next weekend in Mounds View, MN!
We've looked at the weather reports, taken a good look at all of it, and made a decision.
Wednesday, the Jackson Street Roundhouse will be closed.
Stay home, have hot chocolate, be safe.
Every so often we find something from our railroading past.
Glacier National Park is actually a creation of the Great Northern Railway, with many structures and roads built as part of support for the tourists.
Enjoy this "blast from the past" on this snowy afternoon.
Great scenic footage in Glacier National Park Montana. 1930s tourism in the National Park, and modern hotels.
Outside our depot, the air temperatures are running well below zero, and the wind, well, let's just say the old timers down at the coffee shop are calling it a "Chiller".
Stay warm, bundle up, drink something warm, be safe, because we want you to be able to come out here in Spring again.
If you ever wanted to do something different, then here's some for you.
Work on an actual railroad. Our railroad!
On Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 10:00 AM we will be hosting an event to help new people get acquainted with volunteer opportunities at the museum. We will have people on hand to answer questions and guide you to the next step of getting involved with our amazing organization. If trains or volunteering interest you, PLEASE contact us!
To those who participated in our recent Railroad Reality Day event, you can always come back for the next part, please read on!
What does it take to work on the railroad as a Train Crew Member at Jackson St Roundhouse and Osceola, WI?
The minimum age to participate is 18 years old which also includes a pre-hire drug test. You must have the ability to throw track switches, couple air hoses, operate hand brakes and walk 1/2 mile over rough terrain. Our student brakeman classes will start in March on certain Saturday's so mark your calendars. All of our rail crew members started as student brakeman volunteers. With dedication, training, and effort this can lead to promotions all the way up to train engineer!
How about being a Car Attendant out in Osceola as the first point of contact for our passengers?
You will welcome passengers and help make their experience a memorable one! Or, you could be a Docent at the Roundhouse! Docent's can guide the people through the displays and talk about railroad history.
We also are eager to bring new people into the Blacksmith Shop and Machine Shop and Car Restoration areas!
In order to have an idea of how many people will attend please call Deb Wood 612-790-8957 or [email protected]
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Our 2019 schedule is now confirmed, with operations beginning in May and running through October, including our Mother's Day & Father's Day Specials, the Fireworks Train, our Fall Color trains and the Pumpkin Express in late October.
Come on out and enjoy our Dinner Train too, with Brunch at 11:00 and our "Sunsetter" Dinner Train at 5:00.
We'll be waiting.
A "real Santa" indeed!
Do you miss having your annual Macy's family holiday photo taken?
Well have no fear- We have one of the original Dayton's REAL-BEARD SANTA'S!!!
Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming back to the museum this weekend! For our 2nd (of 3) Santa's Train Shop weekends.
Come ride on a real train, explore our museum, and see the big guy himself! Family Photo Dilemma SOLVED!
Didn't you know Santa takes the train when the reindeer are resting?
Next Saturday, December 1st, starts our Santa’s Train Shop events!
Join us Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
For holiday fun- photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, real train rides right out our back door, blacksmith shop tours, museum activities and more!
Tickets and more info:
Last trains of the 2018 season run on Saturday.
No choo choo until next year.
Unless, of course, you come on down to the Jackson Street Roundhouse.
Caboose rides on Saturdays.
Somedays it's just like this. yep.
Somedays it's like this. Yeppers, it is.
Pumpkin Express is rolling along just fine.
1147 Passengers on Friday, and 1540 passengers on Saturday.
Come on out for one more day! ALL ABOARD!
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It all started when a group of trolley fans decided to save an old Twin Cities Lines trolley car, then saved other equipment from the railroads, old passenger coaches, baggage cars, a Railway Post Office, more street cars, overhauled the North Pacific #328 (the Stillwater Locomotive) and fired that up, acquired donated equipment from the Great Northern, and its descendent line, the Burlington Northern, saved the “Casey Jones” locomotive #2156 from being scrapped, took over the rail line to Stillwater, helped in salvaging and restoring the Lake Minnetonka Steamboat, even got into restoring and running old TCL transit buses. Today, the Minnesota Transportation Museum operates the “Princess Depot” in Minnehaha Park, runs city tours in a small fleet of Twin Cities Lines buses, operates the Osceola & St Croix Valley Railway & the Osceola & St Croix Dinner Train, and works with several other transportation oriented museums in the region to present the social and industrial history of Minnesota and the American Midwest. We present our regional history, while enjoying the ride, and we invite you to join us. All Aboard!