Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM) is located at the historic Jackson Street Roundhouse. This building was originally a steam engine maintenance facility for The Great Northern Railroad.
The Roundhouse was built in 1907 and was one of the last roundhouses built by the “Empire Builder,” James J. Hill. It replaced a smaller wooden engine-house of Saint Paul & Pacific. The Roundhouse was part of a large shop complex built in the 1880s.
Located near downtown Saint Paul just north and east of the State Capitol, the complex had been sold by Great Northern in 1960. The Roundhouse was then remodeled as a warehouse/industrial building. All the tracks were removed and an addition was built where the turntable used to be.
MTM took possession of the Roundhouse in 1986, acquiring a substantial mortgage. Jackson Street was restored as an operating roundhouse, but with several changes. It is MTM’s back shop, but it also houses exhibitions, archives, an audio-visual theater, a meeting room, and offices. The turntable was re-installed in 2001, and the connection with the Burlington Northern (BN) has been reinstalled, along with five yard tracks. BN has cleaned up environmental pollution, mostly petroleum in the groundwater. The large mortgage was paid off through the generous financial support of longtime director Arthur E. Pew III and others.
The Museum at Jackson Street Roundhouse opened in 1999. In March of that year, MTM hired its first paid Executive Director, and the administrative offices moved into a renovated space, shared with Great Northern and Northern Pacific Historical Societies. They and MTM are creating an archive with climate-controlled space and a combined cataloging system.
Board, Volunteers, & Staff
Board of Directors
Arthur III Pew
Chilton (Sandy) Hagan
Executive Committee Chair
Jon Van Niewaal
Finance, Fundraising and Grants Committee Chair
Personnel Committee Chair
Public Relations & Marketing Committee Chair
Museum, Membership & Volunteer Development Committee Chair
Collections Committee Chair
Education & Training Committee Chair
Equipment Committee Chair
Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair
Department Heads, Managers and Staff
Scott L. Hippert
Roundhouse Museum & Administrative Manager
Director of Operations – Jackson Street Roundhouse Strategic Manager
Maintenance of Way Foreman
Operational Training Manager
Educational Training & Safety Department Supervisor
Blacksmith & Machine Shop Supervisor
Roundhouse Woodshop Supervisor & Security Manager
Barb S., Tots & Trains Coordinator
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Depot Manager / Retail Coordinator
Osceola Mechanical Foreman
Osceola Brunch, Dinner & Wine Train Manager
Osceola Pizza Train Manager