Museum of Transportation

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Museum of Transportation
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Frisco and the Zephyr.jpg
A Burlington Zephyr and a Frisco 2-10-0 on display at the Museum of Transportation.
Reporting mark MOTX
Locale Greater St. Louis
Dates of operation 1944 (1944)–Present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Kirkwood, Missouri

The Museum of Transportation (initialised MOT, reporting mark MOTX[1]) of the St. Louis County, Missouri, United States Parks Department is a museum in the Greater St. Louis area. Founded in 1944 by a group of people who wanted to preserve the past and has a wide variety of vehicles, it has antique cars, boats, planes, and a sizable collection of locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. A miniature train operates around a loop of track near the parking lot, and occasionally a full-size trolley is operated.

Vehicles and equipment[edit]

Railroad[edit]

The museum's grounds include Barrets Tunnel, one of the first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River. It is often used to store railroad equipment awaiting restoration.

The museum has its own railway spur to an active Union Pacific Railroad main line (formerly Missouri Pacific Railroad). This has allowed the museum to take possession of large and unusual pieces of railroad equipment. Among them are:

At the corner of the property is Barrets Tunnel. Built in 1853, it was the first railroad tunnel built west of the Mississippi River and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The museum also operates a miniature railroad and a full-size trolley on a seasonal schedule.

Automobiles[edit]

The engine compartment of a 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car displayed inside the museum.

The recently remodeled Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center contains some unusual pieces:

Boats and Planes[edit]

There is a Missouri River towboat and two airplanes on display, a C-47 Skytrain at the main gate and a T-33 Shooting Star near the scale model railroad.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railinc, Search MARKs, accessed September 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°34′19″N 90°27′43″W / 38.572°N 90.462°W / 38.572; -90.462