Museum of Transportation

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National Museum of Transportation
Frisco and the Zephyr.jpg
A Burlington Zephyr and a Frisco 2-10-0 on display at the National Museum of Transportation.
Reporting markMOTX
LocaleGreater St. Louis
Dates of operation1944 (1944)–Present
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
HeadquartersKirkwood, Missouri
Websitewww.transportmuseumassociation.org

The National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) is a private, 42-acre transportation museum in Kirkwood, Missouri, outside St. Louis. Founded in 1944, it restores, preserves, and displays a wide variety of vehicles spanning 15 decades of American history: cars, boats, aircraft, and in particular, locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. The museum is also home to a research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.

At the southwest corner of the property is West Barretts Tunnel. Built in 1853, it is one of a pair of tunnels that were the first to operate west of the Mississippi River. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The museum has its own railway spur to an active main line formerly owned by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, now by the Union Pacific Railroad. This has allowed the museum to take possession of large and unusual pieces of railroad equipment. A miniature railroad operates around a loop of track near the parking lot and a full-sized restored trolley operates Thursday–Sunday from April through October.

Vehicles and equipment[edit]

Railroad[edit]

The museum's grounds include Barretts Tunnel, one of the first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River.

Among its railroad items are:[1]

Automobiles[edit]

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

The Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center contains:

Boats and aircraft[edit]

On display are a Missouri River towboat and two airplanes, a C-47 Skytrain at the main gate and a T-33 Shooting Star.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Railway Equipment". The National Museum of Transportation. National Transport Museum Association. 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2018.

External links[edit]

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