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Meet Our Fleet!

Meet the trains that were built to move America where we wanted to go!

This is the passenger car fleet of the American Passenger Train History Museum. Here you can explore the cars and get a sense of the part they played in the history of the United States.

Milwaukee Road's Hiawathas

Hiawatha: Nothing Faster on Rails

Inspired by the epic poem Song of the Hiawatha, these trains ran across the Midwest and West. Five trains received the Hiawatha name. Here at the American Passenger Train history Museum, we are proud to highlight these famous trains: the Olympian Hiawatha and the Morning/Afternoon Hiawatha. We are also proud that we hold the largest collection of Hiawatha equipment in the country! Now sit back and enjoy a trip on the old Milwaukee Road.

Great Northern's Empire Builder

The Incomparable Empire Builder

Taken from the nick-name of Great Northern's founder, James J. Hill, the Empire Builder was originally inaugurated in June of 1929. In 1947, Great Northern reintroduced the train as the first streamliner between Chicago and Seattle. Domes were added to the train in 1955. Taken over by Amtrak in 1971, the Empire Builder name is still used to this day.

Other Cars

More Railroads? More Cars!

These are a smattering of passenger cars from the many other railroads that used to run passenger trains. Though these may not fit into the above highlighted sections, they are important pieces of the American Passenger Train History Museum's collection.

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