Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, Missouri

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The Collection
Railway Equipment
Automobiles
Other Exhibits

"The St. Louis Museum of Transportation houses one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world."

John H. White
Curator Emeritus
Smithsonian Institution

Railway Equipment

Freight Cars | Interurban & City Transit | Passenger Cars | Rail Maintenance & Test Cars | Rail Motive Power

Interurban & City Transit

Name
Type
Year Built
Builder
Notes

Bellefontaine Railway #33
Mule-Drawn Streetcar
1870-75
Builder: Andrew Wight Car Co.
Long stored by United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; acquired in 1944, becoming first car in Museum collection.

Bi-State Development Agency #165
Trolley Passenger Car/Wrecker
1893
Built for Lindell Railway and served as passenger car until 1903; then converted by company shops to Śwrecker,˛ retrieving disabled trolleys; used also by United Railways, St. Louis Public Service Co.

Bi-State Development Agency #1664
"PCC" Streetcar
1941
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
President's Conference Committee (PCC) electric trolley, built for St. Louis Public Service Co.

Bi-State Development Agency #215 (second)
Rail Grinder
1945
Builder: St. Louis Public Service Co.
Rail grinder, built to replace older car.

Bi-State Development Agency #60
Trolley Sprinkler
1895
Built for St. Louis & Suburban Railway, sprinkler was first used to keep down dust, later for weed-spraying; also used by United Railways, St. Louis Public Service Co.

Bi-State Development Agency #77
Line Car
1900
Builder: United Railways
Car was used to repair overhead trolley wires; originally refrigerator car of United Railways, then to St. Louis Public Service Co.

Brooklyn Rapid Transit #1365
Elevated Transit Car
1905
Builder: Jewett Car Co.
Open wooden platform (recovered with steel); semi-convertible; double-ended operation.

Chicago Transit Authority #44 - currently operational
Elevated/Subway Rapid Transit Car
1959
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
Single-unit version of 6000-series cars listed below; operator's cab at each end; had both third-rail and trolley pole power pickup.

Chicago Transit Authority #6711-6712
Elevated/Subway Rapid Transit Cars
1959
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
"Married pair" of transit cars (semi-permanently coupled), built using parts from Chicago PCC streetcars; experimental air-conditioning system installed in #6711.

Chicago Transit Authority #S-1500
Flatcar
1926
Builder: Standard Steel Car Co.
Built to haul truck trailers on Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad as #1500; earliest car of this type in modern "piggyback" service.

Fort Wayne Transit # 157
Trolley Bus
1942
Builder: Brill
Electric trolley bus ("trackless trolley"); has two poles for current collection and return; built for Indiana Service Corp.; seats 44.

Illinois Terminal #104
Interurban/Streetcar
1924
Builder: American Car Co.
Center-door, suburban/interurban, double-ended car; used in St. Louis-Alton, IL, service.

Illinois Terminal #410
Electric Railway Passenger Car
1924
Builder: American Car Co.
Lightweight steel interurban car; double-ended.

Illinois Traction #241
Interurban Combine
1908
Builder: American Car & Foundry
Illinois Traction became Illinois Terminal RR; heavy, single-ended interurban combine with clerestory roof and arched, stained-glass, upper-window sash.

Indianapolis Railway #527
Trolley Bus
1932
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
Electric trolley bus ("trackless trolley"); has two poles for current collection and return.

Kansas City Public Service Co. #1533
Streetcar
1919
Builder: American Car Co.
4-wheel Birney "safety car"; double-ended.

Philadelphia & Western #204
Lightweight Rail Transit Car
1931
Builder: Brill
Car body only; lightweight "Brill Bullet" operated Philadelphia-Norristown, PA.

Port Authority Trans Hudson #256
Subway Car
1909
Builder: Pressed Steel
Formerly Hudson & Manhattan subway car; total capacity 125, with 44 seats.

Purdue University Test Car "Louisiana"
Interurban Car
1904
Builder: Brill
Double-ended interurban car used for engineering testing work by agency of 1904 St. Louis World's Fair; later rebuilt as electric railway test car for Purdue.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority #2740 - currently operational
"PCC" Streetcar
1947
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
Streamlined car built for Philadelphia Transportation Co.; originally 5 foot 2-1/2 inch gauge, converted to 4 foot 8-1/2 inch gauge and restored to operation at MOT in 1995-97.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #1001
Streetcar
1907
Builder: United Railways
Built for United Railways, then to St. Louis Public Service Co.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #1005
Streetcar
1909
Builder: United Railways
Built for United Railways, then to St. Louis Public Service Co.; re-motored to pull trailers; also numbered 1065.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #1743
"PCC" Streetcar
1946
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
Streamlined car sold by PSC to San Francisco Transit Authority and renumbered 1164; loaned to East Troy (WI) RR Museum; now the property of MOT for an exchange of materials with the City of San Francisco.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #215 (first)
Rail Grinder
1892
Builder: Brownell Car Co.
Rail grinder used to smooth trolley track; originally post office car on Bellefontaine Ry.; converted to rail grinder in 1910; also used by United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #2250
Streetcar
1903
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
Built for St. Louis Transit Co., then to United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; single-ended car.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #426
Streetcar Trailer
1921
Builder: United Railways
Motorless trailer; steel frame and body with canvas over wood roof, round ends, dual center doors.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #615
Streetcar
1902
Builder: Robertson Car Co.
Built for St. Louis & Suburban, then used by United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; double-ended car converted to single-ended operation in 1919.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #742
Streetcar
1921
Builder: United Railways
"Peter Witt" steel car, with canvas over wood roof, round ends, single-ended; originally had conductor at center door to collect fares.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #76
Flatcar
1921
Builder: United Railways
Trailer flat car used for street railway maintenance.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #850
Streetcar
1902
Built for St. Louis, St. Charles & Western as #3009, then to United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; double-ended car.

St. Louis Public Service Co. #894
Streetcar
1896
Builder: Laclede Car Co.
Rebuilt in 1913 as double-ended car; other in-service numbers were 945 and 855 on United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.

St. Louis Waterworks Railway #10 - currently operational
Interurban Car
1914
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
Double-ended interurban car; wooden car with steel sides and arched roof; operated from Grand Ave., later Bissells Point, to Chain of Rocks in St. Louis.

St. Louis Waterworks Railway #17
Interurban Car
1910
Builder: American Car Co.
Double-ended interurban car, used between Grand Ave., later Bissells Point, and Chain of Rocks in St. Louis.

Union Depot #3
Horsecar
ca: 1885
Builder: St. Louis Car Co.
4-window, double-ended horsedrawn car built for unknown user; returned to builder and displayed at 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, then stored until 1948 donation to MOT.