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Near Ballwin in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

#3 "Aerotrain"

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific

 

— 1955 —

 
#3 "Aerotrain" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. #3 "Aerotrain" Marker
Inscription.  One of the two experimental demonstrator "Aerotrains" (#2 and #3) built by GM with a new light weigh construction and low center of gravity concept, powered by 1,200 h.p. futuristic locomotives. Initially in mainline service, they rode poorly at high speeds and had very high noise levels. Purchased by the Rock Island Railroad, they were in suburban Chicago passenger service until 1965. The locomotive and two cars were donated in 1966 by the Rock Island Railroad.
 
Erected by Museum of Transportation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railway series list.
 
Location. 38° 34.384′ N, 90° 27.888′ W. Marker is near Ballwin, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Barrett Station Road east of Old Dougherty Ferry Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2933 Barrett Station Road, Ballwin MO 63021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. #J13218 (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joe Minerals Corporation Shovel
#3 "Aerotrain" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
2. #3 "Aerotrain" Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); #5441 (about 300 feet away); Who Is Owney The Dog? (about 400 feet away); Museum of Transportation - A Layout of the Land (about 500 feet away); Pilot Wheel from the Steamer Capital (1879-1945) (about 700 feet away); #662 (about 700 feet away); Lockheed T-33 A Shooting Star (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ballwin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Nov. 27, 2020