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Snow Plow Clears the Tracks!

On a cold January day, we thought it would be cool to feature our 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. (At over 183 tons, 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 snow. This link will take you to Discovery Channel's snow plow show

Train Swap Meet

Train Swap Meet is scheduled at the National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  General admission is just $2 that day! The event has been moved to the Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center, NMOT – Entrance #2, 3015 Barrett Station Road, Kirkwood MO 63122. Questions may be referred to John Brophy, NMOT Board Director, 314.703.5943. Includes: Lionel Bachmann USA Trains LGB Aristo Craft Trains MTN Electric Trains Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc. Marklin K-Line Electric Trains KATO Precision Railroad Models Williams Electric

Plein Air 2019

Plein Air returns to the National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) on September 21, 2019. Mark your calendars now whether you are coming to paint or to attend our Smithsonian Museum Day to see our fabulous painters and participate in our other activities that day. Our website will be updated later in the year for registration for the artists. The Smithsonian Museum Day site will be offering free tickets to print for entry to NMOT as the date gets closer. The photo of the winning Plein Air artwork from 2018 is displayed above this post. The artist is Henryk Ptasiewicz--click here to visit his website and view more of his superb work. Born in the North of England, Henryk came to America in 1999 and has worked as an artist since. Plein Air painting is but one of several media he works in at the Koken Art Factory in St. Louis

Holiday Model Train Supersized

Our holiday model train display is the largest in the St. Louis region. The display can be viewed every day we are open now through January 6, 2019. The former Famous-Barr/Macy's window display is here as well as the E. Desmond Lee display with fun model trains and its own waterfall.  The many activities and holiday traditions that continue at the National Museum of Transportation can be found by clicking here to see all that is on track for you and your family, including our miniature train and trolley on selected days, weather permitting. All

Helicopter Santa!

Helicopter Santa is coming to the National Museum of Transportation on Saturday, November 24th. He arrives at 10 a.m. and will be on hand to "take" orders until 2 p.m. Santa will also be at the museum on Friday, November 23rd, with his reindeer to give them some practice before the big day. Our two fabulous model train displays, the E. Desmond Lee and the Macy's-Famous/Barr trains, will stat running in our Visitor's Center on Friday, November 23rd when the museum opens at 9 a.m. The trolley will be making special runs on both Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During the middle of this stretch, traditional carolers will be on the trolley platform and thereabouts serenading our guests with holiday tunes. Come get in the holiday mood at our museum! Please click here for a full schedule of our holiday events through the end of