WORLD CLASS COLLECTION
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RAIL: FREIGHT
1960 
A.C.F.X. #26640
Covered Hopper
TYPE
American Car & Foundry
BUILDER
Hoppers allow unloading by gravity; covered top protects load from moisture and keeps fine materials from blowing away.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1929 
American Refrigerator Transit #52461
Refrigerator Car
TYPE
ART
BUILDER
Bunkers at each end of car carried 5 tons of ice to cool produce in summer, or heaters to keep load from freezing in winter; has insulated wood body on steel frame.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1955 
A.T.T.X. #470833
Flatcar
TYPE
Pennsylvania Railroad
BUILDER
Pioneer car in nationwide piggyback service; carried two 36-foot trailers; built for Pennsylvania Railroad.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1969 
Burlington Northern #10032
Caboose
TYPE
Northern Pacific
BUILDER
Extended-vision (width) cupola design; built for Northern Pacific Railway.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1948 
Burlington Northern #10435
Caboose
TYPE
Northern Pacific
BUILDER
All-steel car, built as Northern Pacific #1082; oil heat, electric generator for lights.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1929 
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy #75471
Drop-Bottom Gondola
TYPE
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
BUILDER
Composite construction, with steel under and body framing with wood plank walls; drop doors speed unloading.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1904 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific #18058
Caboose
TYPE
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
BUILDER
Wood body on steel frame; survivor of 5 accidents and rebuildings.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1954 
G.A.R.X. #51000
Refrigerator Car
TYPE
General American Transportation Co.
BUILDER
Cooled, heated by diesel-powered refrigeration system.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1965 
G.A.T.X. #96500
Tank Car
TYPE
General American Transportation Co.
BUILDER
60,000-gallon, 272,700-lb. capacity; welded experimental car; 97-foot length would not clear curves, and 89-foot limit now applies; world’s largest tank car.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1930 
H.P. Hood (G.P.E.X.) #1057
Milk Tank Car
TYPE
General American Transportation Co.
BUILDER
Two stainless-steel tanks hold 6,000 gallons; ran in express trains.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1954 (r.b. 1979) 
Manufacturers Railway #5906
Boxcar
TYPE
Manufacturers Railway
BUILDER
55-foot steel boxcar, rebuilt by Manufacturers Railway. Missouri-Kansas-Texas #1 Caboose 1882 Wood car; steel center sill added; side door and cupola removed; part of Katy Flyer train.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1901 
Missouri-Kansas-Texas #12145
Flatcar
TYPE
American Car & Foundry
BUILDER
Built as boxcar, cut down to flatcar; wood frame car with truss rods; steel center sill added; 34 feet long; 30-ton capacity; part of Katy Flyer train.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1901 
Missouri-Kansas-Texas #12321
Boxcar
TYPE
American Car & Foundry
BUILDER
34-foot wooden car; truss rods with steel center sill; 30-ton capacity; archbar trucks; part of Katy Flyer train.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1904 
Missouri-Kansas-Texas #24420
Gondola
TYPE
Pullman
BUILDER
30-ton capacity; wood frame and body; steel center sill.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1940 
Missouri Pacific #1155
Caboose
TYPE
Missouri Pacific
BUILDER
Steel side-door car without cupola; used in branchline mixed-train service.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1972 
Missouri Pacific #13546
Caboose
TYPE
International Car Company
BUILDER
All-steel with extended-vision (width) cupola; late-model caboose; contains Missouri Pacific Historical Society archives.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1980 
Missouri Pacific #13889
Caboose
TYPE
Missouri Pacific
BUILDER
Late-model caboose; short body with bay windows and large end platforms; used in main line service.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1940 
Monsanto Chemical Company (M.C.H.X.) #117
Tank Car
TYPE
American Car & Foundry
BUILDER
Aluminum alloy tank with steel outer safety cover; used for concentrated nitric acid; loads and unloads from top.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1921 
Poultry Transportation Company (P.T.C.X.) #423
Poultry Car
TYPE
PTCX
BUILDER
Coops built into car were used to carry live chickens to market; attendant fed and watered them en route from center of car.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1938 
S.B.I.X. #1634
Tank Car
TYPE
Fleishmann Transportation Co.
BUILDER
Wooden tank was used to carry vinegar (acetic acid) without reaction that would occur in a steel tank. St. Louis-San Francisco (“Frisco”) Caboose Wood body, re-covered with plywood on steel frame; carries cable for switching.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1960 
St. Louis-San Francisco (“Frisco”) #3000
Automobile Carrier
TYPE
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
BUILDER
First tri-level car for carrying 15 autos from factory to distributor.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1904 
St. Louis Refrigerator Car Co. #3600
Refrigerator Car
TYPE
St. Louis Refrigerator Car Co.
BUILDER
An early steel-framed but wood-bodied car, insulated with horsehair, shredded paper, or wood shavings; carried pre-cooled beer for Anheuser-Busch.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1954 
Spokane, Portland and Seattle #884
Caboose
TYPE
Northern Pacific
BUILDER
All-steel car, donated as Burlington Northern #11436
RAIL: FREIGHT
1984 
TTOX #130059 “Piggyback”
Flatcar
TYPE
United-American Car Company
BUILDER
Four-wheel Front-Runner² car; partial deck and fixed trailer hitch; loaded from overhead only; 28-inch instead of standard 33-inch wheels to lower car for better clearances.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1948-1954 
U.R.T.X.
Refrigerator Car
TYPE
General American Transportation Co.
BUILDER
Car. #'s 37000, 37095, 37144, 37151, 37439, 37453, 37467, 65104, 67310, 67901
RAIL: FREIGHT
1936 
U.T.L.X. #3882
Tank Car
TYPE
Union Tank Car
BUILDER
3-dome (compartment) car with 6,000-gallon capacity for carrying petroleum products; tank-on-frame design was the standard for many years.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1951 
Union Pacific #913140
Flatcar
TYPE
Union Pacific
BUILDER
Has one-piece cast steel body from General Steel Castings; UP class F50-15; 50-ton capacity; last used in maintenance-of-way service.
1910 
Union Tank Line #14387
Tank Car
Union Tank Car
“Van Dyke” patent frameless tank car using tank with extra stiffening plate on bottom in place of an underframe.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1953 
US Army #38406
Flatcar
TYPE
Magor Car Corp.
BUILDER
Heavy-duty car with 6 axles for carrying tanks, other heavy equipment; weighs 35 tons; has 112-ton capacity.
RAIL: FREIGHT
1951-1953 
US Army
Various Types
TYPE
Pressed Steel
BUILDER
Car #'s 70709, 460298, 570329 - Built with European-type couplers and brakes, were used to train soldier railroaders at Weldon Spring, MO; modular cars can be boxcar, gondola, or flatcar.
AUTO
1901 
ST. LOUIS MOTOR CARRIAGE
St. Louis Motor Carriage Co.
MAKE
Carriage Auto
MODEL
This carriage auto originally cost $1,200 and is the oldest of nine of this make in existence. It is powered by a one-cylinder, 7-hp engine; employed the first float carburetor; equipped with a tilting steering wheel; and has a chain drive to the rear axle.
AUTO
1953 
BOBBY DARIN “DREAM CAR”
Andy Di Dia
MAKE
Custom Build
MODEL
The Bobby Darin “Dream Car” is a one-of-a-kind custom car designed by Detroit clothing designer Andy Di Dia in 1953 and completed in 1960.
AUTO
1963 
CHRYSLER TURBINE CAR
Chrysler
MAKE
Turbine Car
MODEL
The Chrysler turbine car is one of only 55 produced by Chrysler in 1963. This is the only operational turbine car on public display.
AUTO
1959 
FORD CT-1100 TRUCK TRACTOR
Ford
MAKE
Gas Turbine Tractor
MODEL
In 1952, Ford Motor Co. began a test program to explore the use of gas turbine engines for automobiles and trucks, but Ford gave up development in 1973. This truck tractor was donated by Ford in 1971.
OTHER
1943 
DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT C-47A
Gooney Bird
Nickname
Douglas Aircraft
Manufacturer
This twin-engine 1943 Douglas Aircraft product, the military version of the DC-3, is thought to have been used by the United States Army Air Force in the World War II invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
OTHER
1933 
H.T. POTT TUGBOAT
Tugboat
Vessel
St. Louis Shipyard & Steel Co.
Builder
You can walk the decks of the “H.T. Pott,” the first Missouri River towboat with a welded steel hull instead of a riveted hull.
OTHER
XXXX 
BUS #1234
New York City
Origin
Fifth Ave. Bus Co.
Make
OTHER
XXXX 
T-33 US AIR FORCE TRAINER
T-33
Model
Lockheed
Make
Lockheed T-33 US Air Force training aircraft.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1870-75 
Bellefontaine Railway #33
Mule-Drawn Streetcar
Type
Andrew Wight Car Co.
Builder
Long stored by United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; acquired in 1944, becoming first car in Museum collection.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1893 
Bi-State Development Agency #165
Trolley Passenger Car/Wrecker
Type
Bi-State Development
Builder
Built for Lindell Railway and served as passenger car until 1903; then converted by company shops to wrecker,² retrieving disabled trolleys; used also by United Railways, St. Louis Public Service Co.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1941 
Bi-State Development Agency #1664
“PCC” Streetcar
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
President’s Conference Committee (PCC) electric trolley, built for St. Louis Public Service Co.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1945 
Bi-State Development Agency #215 (second)
Rail Grinder
Type
St. Louis Public Service Co.
Builder
Rail grinder, built to replace older car.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1895 
Bi-State Development Agency #60
Trolley Sprinkler
Type
Bi-State Development Agency
Builder
Built for St. Louis & Suburban Railway, sprinkler was first used to keep down dust, later for weed-spraying; also used by United Railways, St. Louis Public Service Co.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1900 
Bi-State Development Agency #77
Line Car
Type
United Railways
Builder
Car was used to repair overhead trolley wires; originally refrigerator car of United Railways, then to St. Louis Public Service Co.
1905 
Brooklyn Rapid Transit #1365
Elevated Transit Car
Jewett Car Co.
Open wooden platform (recovered with steel); semi-convertible; double-ended operation.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1959 
Chicago Transit Authority #44
Elevated/Subway Rapid Transit Car
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
Currently Operational. Single-unit version of 6000-series cars listed below; operator’s cab at each end; had both third-rail and trolley pole power pickup
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1959 
Chicago Transit Authority #6711-6712
Elevated/Subway Rapid Transit Cars
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
“Married pair” of transit cars (semi-permanently coupled), built using parts from Chicago PCC streetcars; experimental air-conditioning system installed in #6711.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1926 
Chicago Transit Authority #S-1500
Flatcar
Type
Standard Steel Car Co.
Builder
Built to haul truck trailers on Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad as #1500; earliest car of this type in modern “piggyback” service.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1942 
Fort Wayne Transit # 157
Trolley Bus
Type
Brill
Builder
Electric trolley bus (“trackless trolley”); has two poles for current collection and return; built for Indiana Service Corp.; seats 44.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1924 
Illinois Terminal #104
Interurban/Streetcar
Type
American Car Co.
Builder
Center-door, suburban/interurban, double-ended car; used in St. Louis-Alton, IL, service.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1924 
Illinois Terminal #410
Electric Railway Passenger Car
Type
American Car Co.
Builder
Lightweight steel interurban car; double-ended.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1908 
Illinois Traction #241
Interurban Combine
Type
American Car & Foundry
Builder
Illinois Traction became Illinois Terminal RR; heavy, single-ended interurban combine with clerestory roof and arched, stained-glass, upper-window sash.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1932 
Indianapolis Railway #527
Trolley Bus
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
Electric trolley bus (“trackless trolley”); has two poles for current collection and return.
1919 
Kansas City Public Service Co. #1533
Streetcar
American Car Co.
4-wheel Birney “safety car”; double-ended.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1931 
Philadelphia & Western #204
Lightweight Rail Transit Car
Type
Brill
Builder
Car body only; lightweight “Brill Bullet” operated Philadelphia-Norristown, PA.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1909 
Port Authority Trans Hudson #256
Subway Car
Type
Pressed Steel
Builder
Formerly Hudson & Manhattan subway car; total capacity 125, with 44 seats. Purdue University Test Car “Louisiana” Interurban Car.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1904 
Purdue University Test Car
Interurban Car
Type
Brill
Builder
“Louisiana” Interurban Car. Double-ended interurban car used for engineering testing work by agency of 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair; later rebuilt as electric railway test car for Purdue.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1947 
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority #2740
“PCC” Streetcar
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
Currently Operational. Streamlined car built for Philadelphia Transportation Co.; originally 5 foot 2-1/2 inch gauge, converted to 4 foot 8-1/2 inch gauge and restored to operation at MOT in 1995-97.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1907 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #1001
Streetcar
Type
United Railways
Builder
Built for United Railways, then to St. Louis Public Service Co.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1909 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #1005
Streetcar
Type
United Railways
Builder
Built for United Railways, then to St. Louis Public Service Co.; re-motored to pull trailers; also numbered 1065.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1946 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #1743
“PCC” Streetcar
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
Streamlined car sold by PSC to San Francisco Transit Authority and renumbered 1164; loaned to East Troy (WI) RR Museum; now the property of NMOT for an exchange of materials with the City of San Francisco.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1892 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #215 (first)
Rail Grinder
Type
Brownell Car Co.
Builder
Rail grinder used to smooth trolley track; originally post office car on Bellefontaine Ry.; converted to rail grinder in 1910; also used by United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1903 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #2250
Streetcar
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
Built for St. Louis Transit Co., then to United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; single-ended car.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1921 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #426
Streetcar Trailer
Type
United Railways
Builder
Motorless trailer; steel frame and body with canvas over wood roof, round ends, dual center doors.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1902 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #615
Streetcar
Type
Robertson Car Co.
Builder
Built for St. Louis & Suburban, then used by United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; double-ended car converted to single-ended operation in 1919.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1921 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #742
Streetcar
Type
United Railways
Builder
“Peter Witt” steel car, with canvas over wood roof, round ends, single-ended; originally had conductor at center door to collect fares.
1921 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #76
Flatcar
United Railways
Trailer flat car used for street railway maintenance.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #850
Streetcar
Type
Laclede Car Co.
Builder
Built for St. Louis, St. Charles & Western as #3009, then to United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.; double-ended car.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1896 
St. Louis Public Service Co. #894
Streetcar
Type
Laclede Car Co.
Builder
Rebuilt in 1913 as double-ended car; other in-service numbers were 945 and 855 on United Railways and St. Louis Public Service Co.
1914 
St. Louis Waterworks Railway #10
Interurban Car
St. Louis Car Co.
Currently Operational. Double-ended interurban car; wooden car with steel sides and arched roof; operated from Grand Ave., later Bissells Point, to Chain of Rocks in St. Louis.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1910 
St. Louis Waterworks Railway #17
Interurban Car
Type
American Car Co.
Builder
Double-ended interurban car, used between Grand Ave., later Bissells Point, and Chain of Rocks in St. Louis.
RAIL: INTERURBAN
1885 
Union Depot #3
Horsecar
Type
St. Louis Car Co.
Builder
4-window, double-ended horse-drawn car built for unknown user; returned to builder and displayed at 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, then stored until 1948 donation to NMOT.