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Labor Day – Trolley is Running!

Labor Day is the perfect holiday to spend at the National Museum of Transportation! Come see what the great American spirit and dedication of generations produced. Always a special treat, our trolley will be running on Labor Day and is included with your admission. Our hours and activities on Monday, September 4th, are as follow: Self-Guided Tours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Public Tour: 10 a.m. Miniature Train: 9:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Trolley: 9:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. Handcar Village (weather permitting): 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Creation Station: 9:15, 10:30 & 11:45 a.m. Reminder: Mark your calendars for our spectacular Saturday, September 23rd extravaganza featuring an animal-named car show (so Jaguar, Beetle, etc.), a Trabant raffle, a Plein Air artist painting event, etc. If you go to the Smithsonian Live website here, you can print tickets to admit you and a guest free on September 23rd if you select the National Museum of Transportation on Barrett Station Road in St. Louis

MOT native garden

Gardens at the National Museum of Transportation

Native Gardens On Saturday, we will  work on the native gardens to the left of the National Museum of Transportation's main entrance (Lot 1) to address weeds as well as some overly aggressive natives. We may do some seed collection and trimming as well. Our work day will go from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Please call if you can't find me in my bright neon vest. Thanks to all our volunteers who help keep our gardens beautiful and

Snow plow in action

Snow Plow Action in August

On a hot summer day, we thought it would be cool to feature the Union Pacific Snow Plow. Designed and built by the Union Pacific Railroad in its Omaha Shop, the National Museum of Transportation's rotary snow plow is the heaviest ever built weighing 367,400 pounds. (That's the same as 62 African Elephants!) Its cutting wheel could throw snow far to either side of the track as it was pushed forward at four to six mph. It is not self propelled and must be pushed by three or four locomotives. A steam generator heats the carburetor, prevents the fuel and water pipes from freezing and thaws out the cutting wheel if it gets stuck. The plow engineer controls both the plow and the trailing locomotives.  The circular windows in the front of this plow revolve to keep them clear from

Bobby Darin Di Dia Dream Car

Pebble Beach Invited Our Dream Car

Pebble Beach has invited The National Museum of Transportation to send our Di Dia automobile to be a featured car in its exclusive 2017 Concours d'Elegance, American Dream Cars of the 1960's. The Bobby Darin “Dream Car” is a one-of-a-kind custom car designed by Detroit clothing designer Andy Di Dia in 1953 and completed in 1960. Bobby Darin fulfilled his promise to purchase the car if he ever became famous, which he of course did. Subsequently, Mr. Darin chose to donate the masterpiece to our museum. The Di Dia 150 was the most expensive custom car in the world at the time. The Dream Car will be away from the museum from August 11th through August 24th, 2017, to participate in this Pebble Beach world-class event. You may visit the Di Dia until August 10th at the museum before its road trip to California. Our Bobby Darin car will return to The National Museum of Transportation August 25th. Every August, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world roll onto the famous

Aleutian Burlington train car

Burlington Aleutian Train Car

Pullman built the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad "Aleutian" heavyweight office car in 1923. That railroad's vice president and general manager of the eastern lines used the car in 1940. Tagged the "office car," railroad officials used cars like the Aleutian to entertain customers and guests of the company, usually shippers, bankers, or politicians.  Wealthy families also owned private cars for travel in privacy and comfort, just as they use private jets today. Fun fact: HBO's Emmy award-winning film "Truman," shot in spring 1995, featured the Aleutian car as a stand-in for the Ferdinand Magellan car. We have a star on our museum grounds! Featuring "all the comforts of home," the car contains: An observation lounge with open rear platform, Four staterooms, Galley, Dining room likely with fine china--Spode Copeland's china from England was sometimes used in private cars, Two bathrooms and two showers, and Crew's quarters for the cook and porter. In