Sherburne S. Merrill Railroad Research Library

Added to our research opportunities in 2016, is the Sherburne S. Merrill Railroad Research Library.  A group of local railroad enthusiasts, collectors and modelers have brought together an amazing selection of books, magazines and guides to help you find that elusive photo or equipment you have been searching for.  This library is open on Fridays from 9 am to noon or by appointment (715-536-5652) or Email.

Sherburne S. Merrill Railroad Library Collection of Magazines & Periodicals (This does not include the large number of reference books available):

  • > Official Guides (back to 1895, intermittent)

  • > Official Railway Equipment Registers (1930-1990, intermittent)

  • > Indexes: Stephans Railroad Directories (Trains, MR, RMC, Railroad, RF&RR) & other indexes

  • > Train Shed Cyclopedias (#1 through #90 + index) (all) > Railroad Magazine (inc. Railroad Man’s Magazine, Railroad Stories, Railman, Railfan & Railroad) (1930-present) (all)

  • > Trains Magazine (1940-present) (all)

  • > GBWHS newsletters

  • > The Milwaukee Railroader (TMR), (MRHA) (1997-present)

  • > Extra 2200 South (misc.) > Classic Trains (2000-present) (all)

  • > NorthWestern Lines (CNWHS) (#1-present) (all)

  • > Pacific Rail News (misc.)

  • > Private Varnish (misc.)

  • > Rail Classics (1973-1991)

  • > Rail News (1982-1998)

  • > The Soo (SLH&TS) (1977-2013)

  • > Timberbeast (misc.)

  • > Timber Times (#1-present) (all)

  • > Vintage Rails (#1-20) (all)

  • > Railroad Modeler (1972-77)

  • > Model Railroading (misc.)

  • > Railroad History/R&LHS Bulletin (#73-213, intermittent)

  • > Model Railroader (1934-present) (all)

  • > Mainline Modeler (1980-2006) (all)

  • > Railroad Model Craftsman (1950-present) (all)

  • > The Model Craftsman (1948-49 intermittent)

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The Merrill Historical Society’s mission is to educate the public about our heritage using the unique historical and cultural resources we collect and preserve - We are protecting the collective memories of our local community and sharing them through exhibitions, objects, discussion and study as a continuing resource for the benefit of present and future generations.