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|Locale||Greater St. Louis|
|Dates of operation||1944–Present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
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.
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.
Only surviving Milwaukee Road class EP-2 electric locomotive.
The 9908 Silver Charger, which drew the General Pershing Zephyr train.
Norfolk & Western 2156, the strongest-pulling steam locomotive in existence.
Budd-built CB&Q Zephyr diner Silver Spoon.
Frisco Number 1621.
The Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center contains:
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