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About Us

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

Brian Voss
Chair

Christofer Sears
Chair Elect

Bob Puelston
Secretary

Scott Johnson
Treasurer

Phil Wellman
At-Large

Arthur III Pew
Emeritus

Andy Corchran

Chilton (Sandy) Hagan

Lane Littrell

Kurt Mahre

Noel Petit

Andrew Tighe

Deb Wood

Committee Chairs

Finance
Scott Johnson

Personal
Phil Wellman

Pubic Relations & Marketing
Deb Wood

Museum, Membership & Volunteer Development
Brian Voss

Collections & Restoration
Phil Wellman

Education & Training
Bob Puelston

Equipment Maintenance
Phil Wellman

Building & Grounds

Department Heads, Managers and Staff

Executive Director
Scott L. Hippert

Executive Assistant
Frani Lowe

JSR Operations Manager
Jon VanNiewaal

Locomotives
Phil Wellman

Maintenance of Way
Andy Inserra

Rolling Stock Maintenance
Kurt Mahre

Blacksmith-Machine Shop
Gordon Barr

Purchasing Coordinator
Larry Coulter

Roundhouse Security
Andy Corchran

Fire Safety
Nick Modders

TCU Supervisor 
Terri Holman

Railroad Operation Superintendent
Bob Puelston

Associate Superintendents
Kurt Mahre & Ward Gilkerson

Track Inspectors
Lane Littrel & Bob Puelston

Mechanical
Al Hogan

Crew Scheduling
Deb Wood

Operations Training
Ward Gilkerson & M. Jorgenson

Volunteer Coordinator
Wayne Merchant

Osceola Operations
Noel Petit

Pizza Train
Sandy Hagan

Guest Services
Jess Lefler

Minnehaha Depot
Aaron Novodvorsey

Museum Curator
John Van Arsdale

JSR Museum & MTM Administrator
Barb Sheldon​

Garden Railroad Club
Jeff Hunter & Joe Komarek

Facilities Maintenance
Bill Hawley