Whether you are a railroad buff or simply have a love of steam engines, you can enjoy a day out at a steam train museum. They are great places for children to learn about transportation and the history of steam locomotives. Most of the locomotives are moved around from time to time, making it easy to see and photograph them.
The National Museum of Transportation is the home of the largest collection of steam locomotives in the United States. It’s located in southwest St. Louis and features a large selection of large steam locomotives, including a C&O 2-8-4, an AT&SF 2-8-4, and a UP Big Boy. The museum also has a large number of famous locomotives, including an NYC 4-8-2, an N&W 2-8-8-2, and a C&O 2-8-8-2.
The Eddy Clock is a rare example of an American steam locomotive that is known for its dependability and precise running. It has a perforated dry pipe that provides a consistent steam supply, and a conventional throttle is not used. It was built in 1900 for the Chicago & North Western Railroad. It was rebuilt in 1923, and it is a surviving example of the type. It was converted to oil in 1923. The only other example is the one that is currently exhibited at the National Railroad Museum.
Another locomotive that is a surviving example of the type is the Adler. It was the 118th locomotive built for Robert Stephenson’s locomotive works. It was sold to the St. Louis – San Francisco railroad in 1951. It was used in excursion service, but in late 1958 it was used for the final SP steam excursion.
There are many more locomotives in the museum’s collection. A few of the most notable include the Baldwin 724, which was built in 1896 and is exhibited in the train yard. The M-K-T 311 is also a surviving example. This locomotive was rebuilt in 1923 and it toured the M-K-T system. The locomotive was donated to the museum in 1952. It was displayed at the rear of the Abbot Building in 2021.
The Baldwin 502 is also a surviving example of the type. This locomotive was built in 1889. It was upgraded in the 1920s, including a larger tender and a feedwater heater. The locomotive was later donated to the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Museum. The locomotive was cosmetically restored in the early 1990s by the General Steel Castings Corporation. The locomotive was restored to operating condition in 2002.
Another locomotive that was originally built for the Wabash Railroad is 573. It was renumbered to 573 in 1915. It was converted into a simple-expansion locomotive by the Wabash Railroad. It was routed over the Western Maryland, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, Wheeling & Lake Erie, and the Missouri Pacific. It was one of the last steam locomotives to be operated on the Wabash Railroad.
In addition to the locomotives that are displayed inside the museum’s buildings, there are a number of steam engines that are exhibited outdoors. The German Steam Locomotive Museum has several yards where these locomotives are displayed, as well as a small engine shed that is surrounded by a fence.