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The Silver Charger, power car of the General Pershing Zephyr train.
This Burlington Zephyr dining car Silver Spoon belongs to the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis.

This Burlington Zephyr dining car Silver Spoon belongs to the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis.

By Roger Wollstadt from Sarasota, Florida - St. Louis - Burlington Zephyr Dining CarUploaded by We hope, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18882639

The Silver Charger, power car of the General Pershing Zephyr train. Powertrain by EMD; bodywork by Budd. Located at the Museum of Transportation.

By Kbh3rd - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5534315

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" No. 4006, preserved by the Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, Missouri.
Museum of Transportation
The Museum of Transportation (initialized MOT) is a 42-acre transportation museum in western St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The Museum of Transportation is a privately owned and operated facility. Founded in 1944, it has a wide variety of vehicles: antique cars, boats, planes, and a sizable collection of locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. The Museum houses 'one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world,' according to the Smithsonian Institution.

Museum artifacts span 15 decades of American history. In addition to a world-class collection, the Museum is home to a nationally acclaimed research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.

The artifact restoration shop at the Museum is occupied daily as staff and volunteers work diligently ensuring a bright future for our historic past as they save, preserve, and restore the vehicles that built our country.

MOT hosts eleven car shows annually. 2017 Car Shows include: Mustang Round-Up (April 8); Vintage Ford Show (April 9); Pumpers & Pistons (May 20); All-Ford (June 3); Pierce Arrow (June 10); Horseless Carriage (June 18); All-Chevy (September 11); Our Pet Project (September 23 / Cars with pet names); Oldsmobile Fun Show (September 24); Brass & Nickel (October 1); and Misfitz (October 8).

The Museum provides enjoyable and content-rich educational experiences for all grade levels. Educators move full S.T.E.a.M. ahead on a daily basis designing classes for tomorrow's leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Museum is available for facility rentals. Imagine your next event set among historic trains or vintage automobiles. Rentals can be booked by calling the Museum at 314.289.3508, ext. 1.

A miniature train operates around a loop of track near the parking lot and full-sized restored trolleys operate Thursday-Sunday from April through October. Operating schedules can be found on the Museum website listed below.

During the Christmas holiday season, MOT hosts the E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Display. This is the largest indoor holiday display in Missouri.

The Museum is open daily March 1 through October 31. November 1 through February 28, the Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Vehicles and equipment
Railroad
The museum's grounds include Barrets Tunnel, one of the first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River.

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:

  Aerotrain No. 3
  Milwaukee Road class EP-2 Bi-Polar Electric, the only surviving locomotive of its type
  Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4006
  Norfolk & Western Y6a class 2-8-8-2 No. 2156 (Moved to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia, on a 5-year loan in May 2015. Will return to St. Louis in 2020)
  Union Pacific Centennial No. 6944 (sent to Altoona in 2014 for restoration and has returned)
  Southern Pacific class GS-6 "War Baby" No. 4460
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad No. 50, the only surviving EMC 1800 hp B-B locomotive
  EMD FT No. 103, the first F-unit built, a National Engineering Landmark
  Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western 4-4-0C No. 952, one of two DL&W steam locomotives and one of five Camelbacks in existence.
  Erie Lackawanna EMD SD45 No. 3607
  Missouri-Kansas-Texas 4-4-0 No. 311, the sole surviving M-K-T steam locomotive
  Chicago & Illinois Midland 2-8-2 No. 551, the sole surviving C&IM steam locomotive
  FDS (ITALIAN STATE RAILROAD) E550.025 electric locomotive
  New York Central 4-8-2 No. 2933, one of two surviving examples of large NYC steam power
  Wabash 2-6-0 No. 573, one of only two Wabash steam locomotives in existence
  Union Pacific No. 900081, a rotary snowplow
  The Whale, largest tank car ever built
  PRR P5 electric locomotive No. 4700
  Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad No. 9908 Silver Charger, the locomotive of the General Pershing Zephyr
  Frisco 1522, used in excursions from 1988-2002.
  Frisco 1621, a sister to 1630 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois
  PRR GG1 electric locomotive No. 4918

At the Southwest corner of the property is Barretts Tunnel. Built in 1853, it is one of two tunnels, constructed concurrently and serving as the first railroad tunnels operating west of the Mississippi River. It 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
The Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center contains some unique and historical vehicles:

1908 Galloway Express truck
1901 St. Louis Motor Carriage Company car
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car
1964½ Ford Mustang
1915 Ford Model T
Bobby Darin's Dream Car a DiDia 150
St. Louis-built Automobile Gallery

Boats and Planes
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.

Museum of Transportation Overview
Reporting mark: MOTX
Locale: Greater St. Louis
Dates of operation: 1944–Present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Kirkwood, Missouri

Museum Hotline: 314-289-3508 ext. 4
Museum of Transportation Official Website: http://transportmuseumassociation.org/

See also:

Museums

4-8-8-4 Big Boy

Aerotrain

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Rock Island Aerotrain at St. Louis. St. Louis Museum of Transportation.

By Nate Beal - originally posted to Flickr as 1950's stylin', CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3799517

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Rock Island Aerotrain at St. Louis. St. Louis Museum of Transportation.

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" No. 4006, preserved by the Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, Missouri.

By RFM57 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20670635

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