At the Museum of Transportation we work daily to ensure a bright future for our historic past.
The Museum of Transportation completed millions of dollars in capital improvements in the past few years. We are a new Museum of Transportation.
Below is a partial list of completed projects:
William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Visitor’s Center
At the heart of the museum grounds is The William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education & Visitor Center. PHASE I opened in March, 2012. PHASE I includes many popular attractions including exhibit space, The Creation Station, The Boxcar Boutique Gift Shop, Barrett’s Landing Cafe, restrooms, and the ‘Welcome Desk.’
Phase II of the Orthwein Center will include 12,000 sq. ft., of additional exhibit space.
The Train of Thought – Completed May 2007
A renovated rail car with class! This rail car classroom is used daily bringing history alive for elementary school children as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Miniature Railroad – Opened October 2005
All aboard! With the purchase and installation of two C.P. Huntington Locomotives and three coaches, guests of all ages can enjoy a ride on these historic replicas.
Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center – Completed November 2005
A complete renovation of the Museum automobile gallery provides appropriate space for the museum’s extensive collection of vehicles. More than ten decades of automobiles are housed under one roof.
The Handcar Village – temporary site opened in May, 2015
Young guests find out just how difficult it can be to power a vehicle by hand! But boy, it is fun!
Footpath – opened September, 2014
A beautiful, handicapped accessible, footpath was installed to enable guests to traverse from one level of the museum to the next.
Streetcar Line – Completed Fall 2004
Visitors can ride a vintage streetcar to experience our legacy in motion. Look for the line to expand soon!