The North Dakota State Railroad Museum in Mandan is holding its "Watermelon Days" from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. Free watermelon will be served to those attending.
Two new exhibits will be on hand at the Railroad Museum. In December 2011, the 1890 Steele Depot was moved to the museum in Mandan and now has several new displays, and on May 25, 2012, a SW1 diesel switcher engine arrived at the museum. A 250-ton crane was needed to set the 196,000-pound diesel switcher on the track.
New youth interactive exhibits are now showing in the "Kids Railroad Corner," provided in part by a grant from the North Dakota State Historical Society.
This year, "live steam" train rides will be available for children attending Watermelon Days. Ed Duke, engineer, will give rides on the "Sky Line Railway" from Hensler.
The museum has rolling stock, including a 1913 Soo Line Wooden Caboose and a new 1937 Wood NP Box Car; a display of model "hopper cars" from the collection of Dr. Kenneth J. Johnson; railroad photographs by Ron V. Nixon; and large and small artifacts.