Museum of Transportation

3015 Barrett Station, St. Louis, MO 63122
4-6-0 Camelback locomotive

A 4-6-0 Camelback locomotive built by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1873.

Photo credit: By Kbh3rd (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) is a private, 42-acre transportation museum in Kirkwood, Missouri, outside St. Louis. Founded in 1944, it restores, preserves, and displays a wide variety of vehicles spanning 15 decades of American history: cars, boats, aircraft, and in particular, locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. The museum is also home to a research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents. The Smithsonian Institution called it "one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world."

The museum has its own railway spur to an active main line, which has allowed the museum to take possession of large and unusual pieces of railroad equipment. A miniature railroad operates around a loop of track near the parking lot and a full-sized restored trolley operates Thursday-Sunday from April through October. The grounds also include Barretts Tunnel, one of the first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River.

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