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Kirkwood, Missouri and Vicinity
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1Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — "Black Diamond" — Reading — 1889 —
2-2-2 Type inspection locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. The "Black Diamond" has a walnut paneled observation room, seats eight, is 22'9 1/4" long weighs 26,300 lbs, and is believed to be the the last steam inspection locomotive in . . . — Map (db m156296) HM
2Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — "Daniel Nason" — Boston & Providence — 1863 —
This 4-4-0 "American" type locomotive was designed by Master Mechanic George S. Griggs and built by the railroad's shops. It is the only surviving "Dutch Wagon," locomotive, with its cylinders under the smokebox and inside the frames, a popular . . . — Map (db m132981) HM
3Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1 — City of St. Louis Water Division — 1924 —
The Whitcomb Locomotive Company of Rochelle, Illinois built this 15 ton, model SRD industrial switching locomotive. It was a gasoline-mechanical engine, but it was later given an 87 HP, 3-cylinder, GM diesel engine. It has a clutch and manual . . . — Map (db m132940) HM
4Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #102 — Arkansas & Missouri — 1899 —
This wooden "combine" car carries both coach passengers and baggage. It is typical of many cars of the era, and was used for Boston area commuter service after steel cars became common. Its body is 60' 6" long, and its overall length is 67' 6." It . . . — Map (db m132984) HM
5Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #103 — General Motors — 1939 —
Built by the Electro-Motive Division of GM as part of "the diesel that did it", the four unit demonstrator locomotive that proved the efficiency of diesel power compared to steam. Number 103 is a 16 cylinder, 567 series engine rated at 1350 h.p. . . . — Map (db m133014) HM
6Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1057 — General American Pfaulder Corporation Milk Car
In this car the small sliding door above the side entry door was used for the milk loading hose. To keep the interior as clean as possible during loading the entry doors were kept closed once this piping was hooked up unless a worker was going in . . . — Map (db m132941) HM
7Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1082 — Northern Pacific — 1954 —
This caboose was built by the Northern Pacific Railway at their Brainerd, MN shops. The cupola on top is a lookout for its crew, where they can keep watch on the freight cars as the train runs. It was rebuilt in 1968 with a propane-fired heater . . . — Map (db m132935) HM
8Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #113 — New York Central & Hudson River — 1906 —
Built by ALCO-GE for use on electrified track between Grand Central station in New York City and Harmon, N.Y. Number 113 is a 2+D+2 Class S-2 which was the prototype for thousands of Lionel and Ives electric trains. Donated in 1963 by the New York . . . — Map (db m132947) HM
9Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1149 — U.S. Army Transportation Corps — 1952 —
Built by Davenport Besler Corp., the #1149 is a 1-B-1 experimental gas-turbine locomotive which has two Boeing 502-2E, 150 h.p. jet engine type gas turbine and was tested by the Army at Fort Eustis, VA. Donated in 1980 by its designer R. Tom Sawyer. — Map (db m132939) HM
10Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1365 — Brooklyn Rapid Transit — 1905 —
The jewett car Company of Newark, OH, built the "convertible," double-ended elevated car with removable window panels as of an order for 100 cars. They operated as open sided cars with safety bars across the window openings during warm weather. This . . . — Map (db m132957) HM
11Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #13889 — Missouri Pacific — 1980 —
A total of 350 of these main line cabooses were built by the railroad between 1977 and 1981 as the last such cars purchased by the Missouri Pacific. The bay windows extending out from each side were used by the crew to keep the train under . . . — Map (db m132936) HM
12Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1522 — St. Louis - San Francisco (Frisco) — 1926 —
The Baldwin Locomotive Works built this Mountain-type (4-8-2) fast freight and passenger locomotive for $69,000. It was one of a series of 30 engines, and operated for 1,754,373 miles before is 1951 retirement. It has 69 1/2" driving wheels, 28" x . . . — Map (db m132988) HM
13Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1575 — Illinois Terminal — 1918 —
Built by the IT Railroad in its Decatur, IL shops, the 1575 is a Class B electric freight B+B locomotive equipped with four GE 69-C motors. It weighs 120,000 lbs. and has tractive effort of 30,000 lbs. Donated in 1968 by the St. Louis Car Division . . . — Map (db m132945) HM
14Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1582 — Chicago, Burlington & Quincy — 1916 —
The baggage car is located just behind the express and mail cars and ahead of the passenger-carrying cars in the train. It is used to transport personal baggage, as well as items such as skis, bicycles, dogs, cats, and other pets accompanying their . . . — Map (db m132931) HM
15Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1595 — Illinois Terminal — 1928 —
The Illinois Terminal built 20 Class C elec tric interurban freight locomotives at their Decatur, IL shops, using trucks, traction motors and control equipment from retired passenger cars. These were needed as freight trains became heavier, and are . . . — Map (db m132955) HM
16Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1621 — St. Louis - San Francisco / Eagle Picher — 1918 —
This is a 2-10-0 decapod type freight locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for Imperial Russia, which contracted with Baldwin in 1915 for some 1,200 locomotives. Following the Russian Revolution, and therefore the inability to deliver these . . . — Map (db m132951) HM
17Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1942 — Chicago, Burlington & Quincy — 1922 —
The mail was picked up, sorted and delivered in this 70' car. Mail destined for this train was placed in a large pouch and attached to a crane (hook) located alongside the track. On each side of the mail car is a steel V-shaped catcher arm. Without . . . — Map (db m132928) HM
18Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #2 — Laclede Christy — 1907 —
0-4-0T Four Wheel Switcher built by Davenport Locomotive Works, it is a coal burning, narrow gauge (30"), saddle tank locomotive (it carried it's water and fuel on the engine so it did not need a tender) that was used at the Laclede Christy Company . . . — Map (db m132911) HM
19Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #2003 — Joplin - Pittsburg (Missouri - Kansas) — 1936 —
Built at the Plymouth Locomotive Works of Plymouth, Ohio, number 2003 is a propane-electric unit used in short line freight service on the Joplin-Pittsburg Railroad and later on the Kansas City public service freight operations (as #1). It weighs . . . — Map (db m132948) HM
20Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #206 — Illinois Terminal Railbus — 1939 —
Built by the White Motor Company as a school bus, it was adapted to rail by the IT railroad which equipped it with a special rear axle, flanged wheels and a four wheel front bogie truck. This railbus, "The Dinky", was used to transport passengers . . . — Map (db m132986) HM
21Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #2727 — Chesapeake & Ohio — 1944 —
2-8-4 Kanawha (or Berkshire) type freight locomotive built by ALCO, THE 2727 weighs 850,000 lbs. is 105' 1 7/8" long, has a roller bearings on all of it's axles and could generate more than 5,000 h.p. Donated in 1957 by the Chesapeake & Ohio . . . — Map (db m133015) HM
22Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #274 — Chicago and Northwestern — 1873 —
4-4-0 American type passenger locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. Number 274 features a rigid coupler with a slotted knuckle to mate with link-and-pin couplers and one of the earliest 6" air compressors with cam operated driver brakes. . . . — Map (db m132969) HM
23Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #2804 — Union Pacific — 1966 —
Built by General Electric, this model U28C freight locomotive has a 16 cylinder, 4 cycle turbo charged engine which produces 2,800 horsepower. It is 67 feet 3 inches long, weighs 360,000 pound and has a 2,900 gallon capacity fuel tank. Union Pacific . . . — Map (db m132994) HM
24Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #2933 — New York Central — 1929 —
4-8-2 Mohawk-type locomotive built by Alco for fast freight service. Later versions performed both passenger and freight duties. Number 2933 has 69" drivers and weighs 370,150 pounds. Donated in 1963 by the New York Central Railroad. Restoration . . . — Map (db m132954) HM
25Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #30 — Illinois Central, University of Illinois Dynamometer Car — 1943 —
Built by the Illinois Central railroad at it's Burnside shops in Chicago with the instruments provided by the University of Illinois (the car was jointly owned). The dynamometer car is a rolling laboratory that tests the pulling power of . . . — Map (db m132993) HM
26Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #311 — Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) — 1890 & 1923 —
The Baldwin Locomotive Works built this 4-4-0 (American Standard) type locomotive. It was extensively rebuilt by the railroad, getting a new boiler, new steam chests with piston valves, a steel cab, and a new tender, and it was converted to burn . . . — Map (db m132974) HM
27Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #318 — Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis — 1926 —
This eight-wheel (0-8-0), heavy steam switcher was "home-built" at the TRRA's Brooklyn, IL, shops. It was the first steam locomotive ever built with a one-piece, solid cast steel locomotive bed, which included its cylinders with the frame and pilot . . . — Map (db m132989) HM
28Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #3607 — Erie-Lackawanna — 1967 —
Built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors for $284,000.00, this SD-45 heavy freight locomotive has a model V-20 turbo charged engine. This model has 20 cylinders and is the first V-20 engine ever made which was the largest ever used on . . . — Map (db m133022) HM
29Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #39 "Marmora" — Boston & Albany — 1876 —
4-4-0 American type passenger locomotive, #39 was christened the "Marmora" when it was built in 1876 at the Boston & Albany's Srpingfield, Mass. shops. Designed by Master Mechanic Wilson Eddy #39 was one of the hundred "Eddy Clocks" known for their . . . — Map (db m132968) HM
30Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #4006 — Union Pacific "Big Boy" — Cab Open for Display —
Built in 1941 by the American Locomotive Company at a cost of $265,000.00 number 4006 is one of 25 "big boys," the largest successful steam locomotives ever built, with a total weight over 600 tons. It is 132'9 1/4" long, carries 33 tons of coal and . . . — Map (db m133017) HM
31Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #408 — Sabine River & Northern — 1937 —
This Model NC diesel-electric switcher cost $91,500.00 has a 900 h.p., 12 cylinder, Winston 201 A engine, weighs 250,000 lbs. and has a cast frame (modern locomotives have a fabricated / welded frame). Switch engines are used primarily to . . . — Map (db m132952) HM
32Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #4502 — Missouri Pacific — 1955 —
The American Locomotive Company (ALCO) built this model RS-3 diesel-electric, four axle (B-B), road switcher locomotive. It produced 1600 hp from a 12 cylinder, model 244 engine. The RS-3 was built from May 1950 to August 1956, and 1,370 were . . . — Map (db m132978) HM
33Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #4700 — Pennsylvania — 1931 —
This is one of two class P-5 prototypes built at the railroad's Altoona, PA, shops. They led to the construction of 90 additional, class P-5a locomotives which were built for electrified passenger service between New York City, Philadelphia, PA, . . . — Map (db m132960) HM
34Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #4916 — Amtrak — 1942 —
Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad as #4918 or use in the Northeast Corridor from New York to Washington, D.C. This GGI class electric locomotive was 1 of 139 which were built from 1934 o 1943. It is 79 feet 6 inches long, weighs 477,000 pounds and . . . — Map (db m132958) HM
35Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #50 — Baltimore & Ohio — 1935 —
Built by General Motors/ General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania, this 1,800 h.p. locomotive was the first non-articulated, high speed, mainline passenger locomotive on the American railroads. Originally powering the B&O's "Royal Blue" passenger . . . — Map (db m132949) HM
36Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #5011 — Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe — Cab open for display—Ring bell! —
Built in 1944 by Baldwin Locomotive Works at a cost of $264,681.00, number 5011 is one of the largest non-articulated locomotives ever built, with a total weight over 470 tons. Built for fast freight service, the 5011 has 74" driving wheels-the . . . — Map (db m132979) HM
37Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #5441 — St. Joe Mining Corporation Ore Train — 1942 —
Built by the Goodman Equipment Corporation to extract lead ore (galena) from the St. Joe Mineral Mines in Bonne Terre, Missouri, these two ton capacity cars were pulled by the eight ton electric locomotive. Power supply came from an overhead source. . . . — Map (db m132899) HM
38Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #551 — Chicago & Illinois Midland — 1928 —
2-8-2 USRA Light Mikado-Type freight locomotive built by Lima Locomotive Works. During WWI the United States Railroad Administration developed standardized railroad designs and there were thousands of Mikados built. Mikados were considered the "work . . . — Map (db m132925) HM
39Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #5529 — Canadian National — 1905 —
4-6-2 Pacific type passenger locomotive built by the Locomotive and Machine Works of Montreal, Limited, the Canadian branch of ALCO, the 5529 weighs 346,030 lbs., has brakes on the lead trucks and is an excellent example of early 20th Century . . . — Map (db m132970) HM
40Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #573 — Wabash — 1899 —
Built by the Rhode Island Locomotive Works, this 2-6-0 mogul-type freight locomotive was retained two years after the Wabash had become dieselized because of a bridge which no support the weight of diesel-electric locomotives. Number 573 weighs . . . — Map (db m132953) HM
41Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #6117 — Chicago, Burlington & Quincy — 1917 —
Built by the American Car & Foundry Company for the CB&Q, this 80' day coach was used in mainline and branch service. It is of riveted steel construction and is equipped with axle driven electric generators and mechanical air conditioning. Donated . . . — Map (db m132934) HM
42Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #662 — Panama Canal — 1914 —
General Electric built this lock-towing locomotive as part of the original equipment for the Panama Canal, the first of a fleet that grew to over 100. Three locks at each end of the canal raised and lowered the ships 85 feet as they passed through . . . — Map (db m132905) HM
43Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #6944 — Union Pacific — "Centennial" —
The Centennials were built between 1969 & 1971 by the Electro Motive division of General Motors Corporation. The name "Centennial" honors the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Number 6944, built in 1971, . . . — Map (db m133020) HM
44Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #71 — St. Louis - Southwestern (Cotton Belt) — 1904 —
American Car and Foundry built this 60' long mail/express car for about $8,000. It weighs 80,000 pounds, has a wooden body and its underframe. The turnbuckles that join the two ends of each rod at the center of the car can be adjusted to keep the . . . — Map (db m132985) HM
45Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #724 — Georgia Railroad — 1896 —
The Baldwin Locomotive Works built this six-wheel or 0-6-0 switching locomotive used to move cars in a rail yard or industrial plant. Switchers were meant for low speeds and sharp curves. They usually didn't have leading or trailing wheels, putting . . . — Map (db m132937) HM
46Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #750 — Missouri Pacific — 1940 —
American Car and Foundry built this lightweight parlor- observation car largely of riveted aluminum, with some low-allow, high-tensile steel. It seats 26 first class passenger in individual reclining and rotating parlor seats, six in the observation . . . — Map (db m132995) HM
47Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #8 — American Steel Foundries — 1948 —
The Whitcomb Locomotive Company of Rochelle, IL, built this 65-ton industrial switcher, model 65-DE-17-A. It has a B-B classification and cost $49,775. It was built with two Hercules, 4-cycle, 6 cylinder diesel engines that each produced 240 HP, for . . . — Map (db m132977) HM
48Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #884 — Spokane, Portland & Seattle — 1954 —
The Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway was jointly owned by the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern Railways. This caboose was built by the Northern Pacific Railway at its Brainerd, MN shops, and is equipped with an oil-fired heater and . . . — Map (db m132938) HM
49Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #9 — "Charles H." - Lake Street Elevated — 1893 —
The Rhode Island Locomotive Works built this 0-4-4T Forney-type locomotive (named for its designer, Matthias N. Forney) for use on a Chicago elevated line. The "T" indicates it is a tank locomotive, without a separate tender. Hundreds of Forney . . . — Map (db m132996) HM
50Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #900081 — Union Pacific — 1966 —
Designed and built by the Union Pacific Railroad in the Omaha Shop, this rotary snowplow is the heaviest ever built weighing 367,400 lbs. Its cutting wheel could throw snow far to either side of the track as it was pushed forward at four to six . . . — Map (db m133019) HM
51Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #952 — Delaware, Lackawanna & Western — 1905 —
Built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady, NY, this 4-4-0 is a "Camelback" or "Mother Hubbard" locomotive. It gets that name from the engineer's cab being located in its center, above the boiler. This is due to the wide . . . — Map (db m132982) HM
52Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #95589 — St. Louis Southwestern Maintenance of Way — Wedge Snow Plow —
Made from a steam locomotive's "whale back" tender by removing the fuel tank and placing the plow on the water tank which was filled with rock to weigh it down. The plow would push it through the snow. Donated in 1995 by the Southern Pacific . . . — Map (db m133021) HM
53Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #96500 — General American Transportation Company — 1965 —
Built by the General American Transportation Corporation, number 96500 is the world's largest tank car. Used for experimental purposes, transporting anhydrous ammonia and lp gas, this "whale belly" unit carried 60,200 gallons, weighs 220 tons fully . . . — Map (db m132950) HM
54Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #9908 "Silver Charger" — Chicago, Burlington & Quincy — 1939 —
Built by the Budd Company with the engine a 1,000 H.P. 567 diesel built by General Motors' Electro Motive Division. At 80' long and weighing 202,000 lbs. #9908 was the last of the early "Zephyr" trains in which the car body housed the engine and . . . — Map (db m132924) HM
55Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #E-2 — Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific — 1920 —
Built by General Electric to pull transcontinental passenger trains through the Cascade Mountains, number E-2 is one of five 1+B-D-D-B+1 "gearless bi-polars" which means the 12 traction motors are mounted directly on the driving axles thus . . . — Map (db m132943) HM
56Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — ACFX #26640 — American Car & Foundry — 1960 —
Built by American Car & Foundry, this two compartment, 70-ton capacity steel covered hopper was used to carry bulk items which needed protection from the elements. Cement, grain, dry chemicals, and plastic pellets are examples of typical cargo. . . . — Map (db m132930) HM
57Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Civil War Destruction
The Civil War did not help the Pacific Railroad's finances or construction schedule. Railroads and their destruction were an important strategic element in the battles between North and South; General Sherman's army in its march across Georgia, . . . — Map (db m133001) HM
58Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Douglas Aircraft C-47A Transport — It's plane to see why this is a Museum favorite!
This twin-engine 1943 Douglas Aircraft product, the military version of the DC-3, is believed to have been used by the United Sates Army Air Force in the World War II invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. • The plane is painted . . . — Map (db m132915) HM
59Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood
The First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood was organized, by the grace of God, in September 1854, and has been on this site since 1856. The original brick building was replaced by a stone building in 1889. This tower was the entrance to that stone . . . — Map (db m140844) HM
60Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Ground-breaking!
On July 4, 1851, over two years after the Missouri State Legislature had chartered the Pacific Railroad, construction finally began. At this point, most Missourians had caught the "railroad fever," rallying behind construction projects. The . . . — Map (db m133006) HM
61Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Historic Quinette Cemetery
Established in 1866 as a free place of burial for persons of African Descent residing within five miles. Quinette Cemetery is thought to be the oldest remaining cemetery for African Americans in St. Louis County, more than 100 individuals are buried . . . — Map (db m156127) HM
62Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Illinois Terminal Neon Sign — Museum of Transportation
This early neon was originally attached to the Central Terminal Building of the Illinois Terminal (IT) Railroad on Twelfth (now Tucker) Boulevard at Delmar in St. Louis, Missouri. The building opened in 1932 and housed the offices of the It as . . . — Map (db m132980) HM
63Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Jay Gould and the Missouri Pacific
Ten years after the White Line scandal broke, the Missouri Pacific (it had been re-named as other "Pacific" railroads were constructed) was not faring much better than it had in the past. Despite the 1874 construction of the Eads Bridge over the . . . — Map (db m133009) HM
64Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Kirkwood Depot
In 1852 this land was obtained from Owen Collins by the Pacific Railroad for a right of way and in 1863 a frame depot was built. Here members of the first school board met to draft the charter of the Kirkwood School District which was granted on . . . — Map (db m140848) HM
65Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — MCHX #117 — Monstanto Chemicals Company — 1940 —
Built by American Car & Foundry Company for Monsanto, this 8,000 gallon, double hull car was designed for transporting concentrated nitric acid, which is extremely corrosive. The inner tank is constructed of an aluminum alloy, which is protected by . . . — Map (db m132933) HM
66Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — MKT #1 — Missouri-Kansas-Texas — 1882 —
This side-door caboose was rebuilt in 1899, and was renumbered and modified several times in its long life, but its original builder is unknown. It does not have the usual cupola or lookout on its roof, making it more difficult for its crew to . . . — Map (db m156297) HM
67Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Museum of Transportation - A Layout of the Land
✪ The William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education & Visitors Center Opened in 2012, the Orthwein Center houses rotating exhibits, The Creation Station, the Boxcar Boutique Gift & Concession Shop, restrooms, and the Welcome Desk. . . . — Map (db m132895) HM
68Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Narrow Gauge — Museum of Transportation
In the 1860s a movement toward construction of railways with narrow gauge tracks began in Norway and the British Empire. The first was built to 3' 6" gauge in Norway and opened in 1862. The same gauge was used in India and Queensland (Australia), . . . — Map (db m132923) HM
69Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Pilot Wheel from the Steamer Capital (1879-1945)
Pilot Wheel from the Steamer Capital 1879-1945 Built in Cincinnati Ohio Three boilers each 47"X28' — 5 flues Stern paddlewheel 21' Diameter 28' buckets 257.2' X 40.6' X 6' Draws 24" light — Map (db m132916) HM
70Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Pitman Arms from S.S. Admiral — 1940 - 1970
Pitman Arms are used to transfer power from the engines to paddle wheels of steamboats operating as connecting rods. — Map (db m132906) HM
71Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Quinette Cemetery
History of the Site Quinette Cemetery is believed to be the oldest African American burial ground west of the Mississippi and the final resting place of between 100-200 people. Oral histories indicate the property was originally . . . — Map (db m156120) HM
72Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Remembering the Achievements of James P. Kirkwood — March 27, 1807 - April 22, 1877 — Co-Founder (1852) and Second President (1867-1868) of the American Society of Civil Engineers —
James Pugh Kirkwood was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to the United States in 1832 and was appointed Resident Engineer for the Western Railway of Massachusetts, and later the Long Island Railroad. He won recognition for the rapid construction . . . — Map (db m140854) HM
73Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Riot in the Tunnels
One of the first projects on the Pacific Railroad was the construction of the first tunnels west of the Mississippi River — the Barretts Tunnels — one of which is currently located on the Museum of Transportation's grounds, about 13 . . . — Map (db m133004) HM
74Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — SBIX #1634 — Standard Brands Industries — 1938 —
Built by Fleishman Transportation Company (a subsidiary of Standard Brands), this vinegar car tank car was originally constructed of cypress and fir woods. Metal cars could not be used due to the corrosive nature of the vinegar. It was painted . . . — Map (db m132992) HM
75Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — SL-SF#3000 — St. Louis- San Francisco — 1960 —
Built by the St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco) Railway, number 3000 is the first tri-level rack built to carry automobiles. Its inside dimensions are 83' long, 8'6" wide and it used concrete for ballast. Due to vandalism by enclosed automotive . . . — Map (db m132946) HM
76Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — St. Joe Minerals Corporation Shovel — circa 1922
This "low head Mucker Shovel" was built by the St. Louis Shovel company, which later became the Goodman Equipment Corporation, to meet the specific requirements of the St. Joe Lead Company. In use it simulated the movements of a man using a hand . . . — Map (db m132901) HM
77Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The "Katy Flyer" — Museum of Transportation
This train began touring the Missouri-Kansas-Texas system with locomotive #311 in 1945. It served as an operating exhibit illustrating the pioneer days and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the line. The "Katy Flyer" was donated by the . . . — Map (db m132973) HM
78Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The Gasconade Bridge Disaster
By 1855, the Pacific Railroad had earned itself a poor reputation. Other railroads were not experiencing the same degree of difficulty in construction. the road was costing more than expected in time and money, leading to a legislative . . . — Map (db m132999) HM
79Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The H.T. Pott Towboat — Imagine traveling down the Missouri...
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. • The vessel, built in 1933, operated out of Kansas City, MO. It is named for Herman T. Pott (1895-1982), . . . — Map (db m132913) HM
80Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The Missouri Pacific Today...
Out of Gould's efforts and despite being disconnected from some links in his system, the Missouri Pacific ultimately flourished in the first half of the 20th century. Through consolidation, leases and further construction, the "Route of the Eagles" . . . — Map (db m133010) HM
81Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The Pacific Railroad Controversy
"As one intrusted with your interests, I felt that your rights had been disregarded, and I did not fail to express my convictions in pretty strong language, to which Mr. Garrison and his associates took great exceptions and have never forgiven . . . — Map (db m133003) HM
82Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The Pacific Railroad of Missouri: Audacious Dreams & Harsh Realities
19th century St. Louis was lucky. Its strategic location along some of "nature's highways," namely the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, turned the region into a center of commerce. By mid century, steamboats had become a dominant form of . . . — Map (db m133012) HM
83Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The Push Poles and Poling
Dimple-like sockets are often found at the lower corner of freight cars, on the ends of locomotive pilot beams and on the rear corners of tenders. These were needed for a type of switching called "poling." The car to be moved was not on the . . . — Map (db m156298) HM
84Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — The Sellers Turntable
The turntable is one of the most distinctive objects from the steam era of American railroading. It is the most efficient way to turn a steam locomotive around, using less space than any other method. A turntable was often located in the center of a . . . — Map (db m132908) HM
85Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Tow Boat H.T. Pott — 1932
First all welded steel hull tow boat on the rivers. 58' long, 15' beam, 6' draft and 140 hp diesel. Operated out of Kansas City, MO. — Map (db m132914) HM
86Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — TTOX #130059 — 1984
This "Front Runner" piggyback car, designed to carry truck trailers, is unusual in a number of ways. It has only four wheels instead of the usual pair of two-axle trucks; its 28-inch diameter wheels are smaller than the 33-inch diameter wheels . . . — Map (db m132944) HM
87Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — URTX #37144 — Union Refrigerator Transit Lines — 1948 —
Built by General American Transportation Corporation, this car is a steel bodied reefer with ice bunkers at each end. These ice bunkers hold 10,400 lbs. of chunk ice or 11,500 lbs. of crushed ice. Ice stations were located every 100-150 miles along . . . — Map (db m132932) HM
88Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — UTLX #14387 — Union Tank Line — 1910 —
Built by the Union Tank Car Company, this 6500 gallon petroleum car is an early attempt to build a tank car without a full-length underframe. Short frames at each end attached the tank to the wheels and couplers. The tank itself was constructed of . . . — Map (db m132927) HM
89Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — UTLX #3882 — Union Tank Line — 1936 —
Built by Union Tank Line, this triple dome tank car is typical of most built until the late 1960's. Each dome is the entry and fill point for a separate compartment which is emptied at the bottom. All three compartments were equipped with steam . . . — Map (db m132929) HM
90Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Veteran's Memorial
A memorial to those, known and unknown, who served our country and are laid to rest here: Washington Green, colored cook 7th Infantry Regiment, Company A Born 1818 Arthur Mason, Private 1st Class 442nd Regiment 1881 - . . . — Map (db m156135) WM
91Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — West Barretts Tunnel — 1851-53 & 1929
The first railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River are located at Barretts, MO, which is the name for the station where we are located. They were built between 1851-53 by the Pacific Railroad of Missouri, renamed the Missouri Pacific in 1876. . . . — Map (db m132976) HM
92Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — What Does "Bi-Polar" Mean?
This electric locomotive uses a drive system that eliminates the gearing normally used between the motor and axle. It does this by making the axle part of the motor itself. The armature of the motor is mounted on the axle, and the motor's poles and . . . — Map (db m132942) HM
93Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — What Is Standard Gauge? — Museum of Transportation
The distance between the inner edges of the rails is called the gauge of a railroad. The standard gauge used in North America is 4' 8½." This is also the gauge in most of Europe, including Great Britain, the birthplace of railways. The . . . — Map (db m132922) HM
94Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — Who Is Owney The Dog?
Owney, the 'unofficial' mascot of the United State Postal Service, was the first dog to travel around the world. During the late 1800's Owney traveled with mail carriers first on mail trucks, then steamships. While traveling around the world, Owney . . . — Map (db m132896) HM
 
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