The Mission of the Gopher State Railway Museum is to educate the public through collection, restoration and operation of railroad equipment and artifacts.
During the course of the past five years, GSRM volunteers have been busy building an operating museum on 20 acres of farmland, about 2 miles north of New Prague, MN which is now open to the public, the first Saturday of the month, 10am to 3pm between May and October.
The next critical phase of GSRM's growth is construction of a four track, 200ft long, steel framed shop building.
The main purpose of the building is as follows:
** GSRM Board Members Pledge $3000 in matching funds. **
The cost of the structure is estimated to be approximately $500,000. GSRM board members have pledged to collectively match the first $3000 raised.
How can you help?
Please consider a donation, no matter how large or small, every dollar counts. Please send your donations to:
Gopher State Railway Museum
Give Us Shelter Campaign 2015
PO Box 125
New Prague, MN 56071
Other historic pieces that will benefit from a shop building:
Alco S4 Diesel Switcher - Built 1954
Budd Stainless Steel Coach - Built 1940
EMC SW1 Diesel Switcher - Built 1940
Thrall Bay Window Caboose - Built 1956
About 95% of GSRM's rolling stock collection is of wood construction and in spite of volunteer's best efforts, deteriorating rapidly exposed to the elements.
All of the rolling stock depicted below is 100 or more years old.
James J Hill's Private Car Manitoba
Pullman Built 1880
CB&Q Waycar 14534
CB&Q Built 1871
Wisconsin Central Caboose 99114
Western Union/Soo Bunk Car
Built Circa 1890-1900
Great Northern Railway Post Office
Built Circa 1900
One that may not make it -
Wisconsin Central Coach 1954
Barney & Smith Built 1914
We need to be under a roof - please help us!