"The St. Louis Museum of Transportation houses one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world."
John H. White
The Collection of the Museum of Transportation
From its beginning the Museum of Transportation was fashioned around
important historical artifacts – preserving both local and
national transportation history.
With over 70 locomotives, half of them “one-of-a-kind” or “sole
survivors” of their type, the Museum has one of the most complete
collections of American railroad motive power, and its collections of
automobiles, buses, streetcars, aircraft, horse-drawn vehicles, and riverboat
materials are constantly expanding to reflect the ever-changing nature
The Museum’s rail and transit collections have grown to encompass
more than 190 major exhibits. These include the mid-1800s Boston & Providence “Daniel
Nason”; Union Pacific #4006 (“Big Boy”), the largest
successful steam locomotive ever built; the diminutive “Charles
H.”, a small steam engine from Chicago’s Lake Street Elevated
rapid transit line that was cosmetically restored in 1996 to its original
appearance; and the 6,600-hp, two-engine Union Pacific diesel #6944 (“Centennial”),
built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division in 1971. The road
vehicle collection of over 200 items includes a 1901 automobile built
by the St. Louis Motor Carriage Co. (oldest of only nine such cars known
to still be in existence), as well as the only operational Chrysler turbine
car on public display.