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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 (MOT) 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 Smithsonian Institution called it "one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world".[citation needed] The Museum is also home to a research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.

At the southwest corner of the property is West Barretts Tunnel. Built in 1853, it is one of a pair of tunnels that were the first to operate west of the Mississippi River. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The museum has its own railway spur to an active main line formerly owned by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, now by the Union Pacific Railroad. This 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 full-sized restored trolley 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.{{cn} 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. MOT also hosts 11 car shows annually.

Vehicles and equipment

Railroad

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

Among its railroad items are:

Automobiles

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

The Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center contains:

Boats and aircraft

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

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