The museum's collection has more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars that chronicle American railroad history. You can climb aboard some of the locomotives and cars, inspect a 62-ton locomotive from underneath, view restoration activities via closed-circuit television, enjoy interactive educational programs, and more.
|D-16 Class, An American Star|
The durable 4-4-0 wheel arrangement had nationwide appeal for more than a century, earning it the name "American." The Pennsylvania Railroad perfected its design, creating the D-16 class, the largest and most modern locomotives ever built. It pulled passenger trains for 45 years. It was retired in 1950 and later leased to the Strasburg Rail Road pulling daily tourist trains and special excursions until 1989.
|The Express Car|
|A Pioneer Hopper|
This car is the oldest surviving eight-wheel passenger car in North America. It is representative of the earliest American-type coaches, first built in the 1830s. The 48-passenger car has a single compartment with seats on each side of the center aisle and doors at each end. The body is mounted on two 4-wheel wood-beam trucks and each wheel set is individually sprung. The windows are stationary, ventilation obtained by opening shutters located above the windows. These features pioneered the basic design and function of the passenger car in the United States.
|No. 4935 Electric Locomotive, Passenger|
Steam locomotives needed water to run. As a result, track pans were built along the tracks filled with water so the trains could pick up the water as they ran. In this picture, the locomotive is scooping water along the track pan. Doing this allowed faster passenger and freight schedules.
|Exclusive Business Car|
|Electric Switching Locomotive|
|Fairmont Motor Car & Caboose with Portholes|
|Section Gang Living Quarters|
|Roundhouse and Shop|
|Hotel on Wheels|
The Lotos Club, named after a fashionable literary club in New York City. It is typical of sleeping and lounge accommodations in the heyday of railroad travel.
Olomana spent its working life in Hawaii moving four-wheeled railroad cars piled high with cut sugar cane from the fields to the refinery. Since Olomana is a tank engine, it carries its fuel and water on the locomotive itself. The fuel was originally "bagasse" (dried sugarcane and stalks and leaves); it was later converted to oil firing.
|Jim Driving the Train|
|Johnstown Flood Wheels|
|The Bobber Caboose|
Quote for the day: "Sometimes, a novel is like a train: the first chapter is a comfortable seat in an attractive carriage, and the narrative speeds up. But there are other sorts of trains, and other sorts of novels. They rush by in the dark; passengers framed in the lighted windows are smiling and enjoying themselves." ~~ Jane Smiley