In the 608: Riverside & Great Northern Railway in Wisconsin Dells celebrating 75 years

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – The Riverside & Great Northern Railway in Wisconsin Dells is celebrating 75 years this week. Their anniversary celebration is set for Saturday, August 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizers say there will be train rides, activities for the kids, music by SoundBillies, and a free commemorative 75th Anniversary coin for those who ride the 4:00pm trains and take part in a steam engines’ cow-catcher-to-cow-catcher photo reminiscent of the famous transcontinental railroad golden spike ceremony photo of 1869.

The Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works established the 15″ gauge R&GN railway to demonstrate trains the company produced for sale.  In the 1950s, the Sandley Works built the railway, locomotives, and rolling stock currently in use at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Today the Riverside & Great Northern Preservation Society owns and operates the railway as a living museum and education center to display the design, development, operation, and maintenance of steam railways.

Trains operate throughout the summer traveling on a mile-and-a-half long roadbed through scenic canyons, woods, and rock cuts beside the Dells of the Wisconsin River.

The Riverside & Great Northern Railway is located at N115 CR-N. For more information, click here.