Welcome to the Milwaukee Road Historical Association
The Milwaukee Road Historical Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in 1972 and chartered with the State of Wisconsin to study and preserve the history of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (The Milwaukee Road) from its inception in 1850 to its acquisition by the Soo Line Railroad in 1985. MRHA is not affiliated with any railroad company. It is recognized as the official historical body dealing with The Milwaukee Road, its predecessors and its subsidiaries.
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The MRHA Board of Trustees and the website development team.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: The Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Public Library has a number of duplicate blueprints and drawings for sale. Go to; http://mpl.org/finding tools/milwaukee road drawings.php to see what materials are available.
MILWAUKEE ROAD STEAM SEARCH
How many of the Milwaukee Road's 3,000 plus steam locomotives are still viewable in photographs? Seeking to answer this question is what the MRHA STEAM SEARCH is all about. In pursuit of this goal;
We SEARCH for rare or previously unseen photos of Milwaukee Road steam locomotives.
We ARCHIVE and RECORD the historic photos we find.
We SERVE as a clearing house for information about sources of steam locomotive photos.
We RESPECT the copyright of persons and institutions holding the rights to the materials.
We NEED YOUR HELP in the increasingly difficult work of finding, authenticating and obtaining the photos we are seeking. We have found many but there are still 600 never seen photos of Milwaukee steam engines. Here is a list of our "10 Most Wanted" missing engines:
Class Road Numbers Comment
J2-a 409-84-26-1025 First engine from new Milwaukee Shops, retired 1910
G8 2601-1001 Only unseen G8, worked until the end of steam
C5-a 7242-1242 Only unseen C5 of 45 rostered
B3-x 253-300-1600-4200 Experimental Vauclain Compound 4-6-0, scrapped 1927
B3 301-1601-4201 First engine of the class of 25
B4 367-1717-4317 First of 66, "wide firebox" class en
A2-a 939-3126 Only unseen Atlantic, built 1903, retired 1928
G1 192 Ex Milwaukee & Superior No. 4
L2 1800-8000-662 First engine of the class of 180
4-4-0 1 Former LaCrosse & Milw. No. 1, named Winneconne
We are seeking these and other Milwaukee Road steam locomotives and photo collections. For more information, contact Ted Douglas, Steam Search Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Milwaukee Road?
Follow the link above to learn more about this storied railroad.
New or Renewal Memberships
If you are looking to join MRHA or renew your membership for 2018,
and it will take you to our registration page. From here, we can take care of your membership request quickly. If you are RENEWING please check your 4Q magazine label to see when your membership expires - a number of members have renewed TWICE for 2017!! Don't wait to join or renew as membership dues will increase to $40 after February 28, 2018 due to postage increases!
Volume 10 of the extremely popular MRHA Steam Series is now available in the Company Store. With photos from the Roy Campbell Collection, recall the days when steam ruled the passenger rail! Follow the link below and order today!
** MRHA Steam Series Volume 10 **
Order it in the Company Store Today!
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LOOKING FOR MRHA AT TRAIN SHOWS
Do you want to talk to someone from MRHA? Would you like to see something that MRHA offers? Each year MRHA representatives attend a number of shows in various parts of the country. If you are near one of these sites, stop by and say Hello! and ask your questions, or look at our materials (though not all our items are at every show)! Here is a list of the shows that MRHA usually attends. Show hours are generally 9 or 10 to 4PM.
JANUARY - None
FEBRUARY - Mad City Train Show - Alliant Center- Madison, Wisconsin (Feb. 18-19, 2017)
MARCH - None
APRIL - Rock Valley Train Show - Jefferson High Sch. - Rockford, Illinois (April 8-9, 2017)
Davenport Train Show - 2815 Locust St. - Davenport, Iowa (4th Saturday in Apr.)
Livingston Rail Show - Depot Center -Livingston, Montana (last Saturday in April)
MAY - None
JUNE - None
JULY - LaCrosse Train Show -Copeland Park - LaCrosse, Wisconsin (date TBA)
AUGUST - Elkader Train Show - Johnson Reception Hall - Elkader, Iowa (August 20, 2017)
SEPTEMBER - Missoula Train Show - Big Sky H.S. - Missoula, Montana (2nd Sunday in Sept.)
OCTOBER - Fall 2016 Train Show - Cnty Fairgrounds - Spokane, Wash. (2nd Sunday in Oct.)
NOVEMBER - Trainfest - State Fair Park - West Allis, Wisconsin (2nd weekend of Nov.)
Dubuque Train Show - Dubuque Fairgrounds -Dubuque, Iowa - (Nov 6, 2016)
DECEMBER - None