Minnesota Transportation Museum
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The Minnesota Transportation Museum, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has five operating sites spread over a 75-mile area.
The museum features an operating streetcar line, an interstate tourist railroad, a depot museum, a former roundhouse, and a 70-foot wood steamboat in operation. Through this museum, people can experience transportation systems of years gone by.
The Minnesota Transportation Museum encompasses the Milwaukee Road Depot at Minnehaha Falls, the Jackson Street Roundhouse in [2105:Minneapolis, and the St. Paul Linden Hill Station, which is a reconstruction of a 1900 station.
Special rides on vintage transport vehicles are offered to different historic locations spread over Minnesota.
The Minnesota Transportation Museum was established in 1962, by the Minnesota Railfans Association. Initially it was formed to save a streetcar of the 1000 wood model. Membership in the museum now exceeds 800 people and organizations.
Known by its operation identification #1300, the street car was renovated and offered for city rides to the general public. The success of the car rides encouraged the museum to expand its operation.
The museumís first exhibit was the Minnehaha Park Depot. The depot, built in 1876, belonged to the state's earliest railroads, the Minnesota Central Railroad. The depot is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Since its inception, the Minnesota Transportation Museum has acquired many old and historic streetcars and buses. The vehicles have been refurbished and renovated with newer engines and parts.
Many of these vehicles are used to provide shuttle service.
The museum has a vast collection of video footages and oral histories taken from former railroaders and streetcar operators.
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