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Museum of Transportation

Museum of Transportation
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A Burlington Zephyr and a Frisco 2-10-0 on display at the Museum of Transportation.
Reporting mark MOTX
Locale Greater St. Louis
Dates of operation 1944 (1944)–Present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Kirkwood, Missouri
Website www.museumstlouis.org

The Museum of Transportation (initialized MOT) is a 42-acre transportation museum in Kirkwood, Missouri. The Museum of Transportation is a privately owned and operated facility. Founded in 1944, it has a wide variety of vehicles: antique cars, boats, aircraft, and a sizable collection of locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. The museum houses 'one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world,' according to the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum restores and displays a collection spanning 15 decades of American history. In addition to a world-class collection, the Museum is home to a nationally acclaimed research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.

MOT hosts eleven car shows annually.

A miniature train operates around a loop of track near the parking lot and full-sized restored trolleys operate Thursday-Sunday from April through October.

During the Christmas holiday season, MOT hosts the E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Display, the largest indoor holiday display in Missouri.

The Museum is open daily March through October. In November through February the Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Vehicles and equipment

Railroad

The museum's grounds include Barrets Tunnel, one of the first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River.

The museum has its own railway spur to an active Union Pacific Railroad main line (formerly Missouri Pacific Railroad). This has allowed the museum to take possession of large and unusual pieces of railroad equipment. Among them are:

At the Southwest corner of the property is Barretts Tunnel. Built in 1853, it is one of two tunnels, constructed concurrently and serving as the first railroad tunnels operating west of the Mississippi River. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The museum also operates a miniature railroad and a full-size trolley on a seasonal schedule.

Automobiles

The engine compartment of a 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car displayed inside the museum.

The Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center contains:

Boats and aircraft

There is a Missouri River towboat and two airplanes on display, a C-47 Skytrain at the main gate and a T-33 Shooting Star.

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