Museum of Transportation photo by Betty Moore

National Museum of Transporation

The National Museum of Transportation houses what has been recognized as one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world.

The Museum was founded in 1944 by a group of historically minded citizens who had acquired the mule-drawn streetcar "Bellefontaine."

Today, the Museum site, encompassing 129 acres, features more than four miles of switching and exhibition track, and its 10 buildings include a nationally acclaimed research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.

The Museum's rail and transit collections have grown to encompass more than 190 major exhibits. These include the mid-1800s Boston & Providence "Daniel Nason"; Union Pacific #4006 ("Big Boy"), the largest successful steam locomotive ever built; the diminutive "Charles H.", a small steam engine from Chicago's Lake Street Elevated rapid transit line that was cosmetically restored in 1996 to its original appearance; and the 6,600-hp, two-engine Union Pacific diesel #6944 ("Centennial"), built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division in 1971.

The road vehicle collection of over 200 items includes a 1901 automobile built by the St. Louis Motor Carriage Co. (oldest of only nine such cars known to still be in existence), as well as the only operational Chrysler turbine car on public display.

The museum, hosts many car shows throughout the year, including the Mustang Round Up, Vintage Ford Show, Pumpers and Pistons and Father's Day Car Show. Admission cost to the museum is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Rides on the miniature train are $5 per person. Creation Station is $2 per person, ages 12 months and older, in addition to museum admission.

The museum is located at 2967 Barrett Station Road in West St. Louis County. For more information and schedules, call 314-965-6885. The National Transportation Museum is closed until further notice.

Museum of Transportation photo by Bob Moore

The 14,000-square-foot William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education and Visitor Center at the National Museum of Transporation.

Museum of Transportation photo by Betty Moore

The Museum's rail and transit collections encompass more than 190 major exhibits, including Union Pacific #4006 ("Big Boy").

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