An excellent ‘American Orphan Automobiles Through The Ages Exhibit’ opened on March 11, 2022, in The William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education & Visitor Center at The National Museum of Transportation.

An Orphan Car is described as any marque of motor vehicle built by a manufacturer that has discontinued business entirely. The display runs through October 20, 2022, and is included with regular Museum admission.

The exhibit includes:

1907 Simplo

1912-13 Chase mail truck

1926 Studebaker Special Six Coach

1957  Desoto Firesweep

1978 Firebird Trans AM

Gerstenlager Bookmobile*

*BUY the BOOK Bookmobile    

This beautiful late 1960s early 1970s bookmobile is currently on exhibit in the Orthwein Center. “This is a unique artifact presenting a unique opportunity for us.” stated Terri McEachern, TNMOT Executive Director. “Guests have the opportunity to not only go inside this artifact, but they can purchase the books on display.” Books are $5 for adult books and $2 for children’s books.     Book sale proceeds benefit the Museum’s ‘ALL Aboard’ Program. The ‘ALL Aboard’ Program provides children in our community the opportunity to experience our legacy in motion regardless of their ability to pay. Through ‘ALL Aboard’ tickets are donated to underserved populations, children in foster care, and those children receiving ongoing medical care.   We are accepting gently used books at the Orthwein Welcome Desk. We have a large selection of adult books. We are currently in great need of children’s books. Your generous book donation will be used to benefit the children in our community.     The bookmobile is open during regular Museum hours.