The Museum of Transportation was
founded in 1944 with the acquisition of the 1870's mule-driven streetcar
named "Bellefontaine #33" by a group of individuals dedicated to preserving
the past. The Museum of Transportation is located on approximately 129 acres
in Kirkwood, a southwestern suburb of St. Louis and houses one of the
largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world. With
more than 70 locomotives, the museum has the most complete collection of
American rail power in the world. The museum also has collections of
automobiles, busses, streetcars, aircraft, horse drawn vehicles and
riverboat material that reflect the ever-changing nature of transportation.
A 1920s Pullman sleeping car, diesel
and steam locomotives that were state-of-the-art in their day, and a dining
car equipped with a kitchen-on-wheels where the train's cook prepared
sumptuous meals on a coal-burning stove.
"Big Boy," the world's largest steam
The Frisco #1621, a steam locomotive
that was built in the U. S. for czarist Russia but the revolution came
before the train could be shipped.
An automobile gallery designed as a
"dealer showroom" features an ever-changing display of vintage vehicles from
the museum's collection and exhibits on speedometers, license plates, and
other auto related items fill the second floor gallery.
pulling passenger cars along a mile-long track.
Museum of Transportation
March 1 - October
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
The Museum of Transportation is in the
southwest St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, west of I-270. From the Daugherty
Ferry Road exit on 1-270 go west almost a mile to Barrett Station Road. Take
Barrett Station Road south 1/2 mile to the museum, which will be on the
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