The Milwaukee & Northern Railway Historical Society

also known as the Neenah-Menasha Model Railroad Club

The 18 August 2023 edition of Neenah News included a nice article about us. We made the front page! A local journalist compiled the article after a recent conversation with Wally Rogers. You can check out the article at

The Milwaukee and Northern Railway Historical Society (MNRHS) was founded in 1964, to perpetuate and share the history of one of Eastern Wisconsin’s and Upper Michigan’s historic railroads.

Housed in the Milwaukee & Northern’s 1882 Neenah, Wis., depot, it includes the Neenah-Menasha Model Railroad Club (NMMRRC).

The Club loosely models the Milwaukee & Northern in O Scale, primarily the Menasha Branch.

The Menasha Branch, which runs from Hilbert Junction, Wis., to Menasha, Wis., was completed in 1871. The branch was extended to Appleton in 1880 and Neenah in 1881.

The scene near the Menasha depot on the MNRHS’s model railroad on 9 December 2019. Photograph by Richard Hopfensperger.


The former M&N Neenah depot, now the home of the Milwaukee & Northern Railway Historical Society (MNRHS), a.k.a. the Neenah-Menasha Model Railroad Club (NMMRRC), as it appeared in December of 1961 when it was still owned by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (CMStP&P), or Milwaukee Road (MILW). Photograph by Larry Easton, co-founder of the MNRHS.

Members meet at our depot at 323 W. Forest Ave., Neenah, WI, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The public is welcome to stop by and check us out. We hope that some visitors will consider joining our Society.

Be advised that meetings may be cancelled with little or no notice, due to weather conditions or other, unforeseen circumstances.

A scene from the annual open house of the MNRHS on 15 December 2019. Photograph by Tom Bruss.

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