Museum of Transportation
2967 Barrett Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Several years after being awarded $1.25 million in Transportation Improvement Projects (TIP) funding, the St. Louis Museum of Transporation opened its new William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education & Visitor Center to the public.
On March 6, 2012, the museum unveiled two new exhibits: 'Roads, Rivers, and Rails', a special exhibit commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and 'The Whistle Stop - The President Travels by Train', highlighting the role rail cars played in presidential elections including photos of presidents from William McKinley to Barack Obama. The museum will also begin operation of the expanded trolley line.
Families can enjoy activities in the new "Creation Station," which feature colorful murals by Jane Saunders. Educational items for the Creation Station were purchased through a $15,000 grant from the Norman J. Stupp Foundation. The Clayton-Ladue Rotary Club provided funds for the 'Busloads of Fun'.
The Museum of Transportation, located at 2967 Barrett Station Road in West St. Louis County, Missouri, 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, April 14, Vintage Ford Show, April 15, Pumpers and Pistons, May 12 and Father's Day Car Show, June 17. Admission cost to the museum is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Rides on the miniature train are $4 per person. For more information, call 314-965-6885.
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