Today started as usual coffee with Donna and then she was off to work, she will have another double today with going straight to the restaurant. Andy left about 06:00am and I was left to do some blogging and after that I decided to take a trip to the National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood MO, Or THE TRAIN MUSEUM, as everyone calls it, I wanted to take some pictures on my new Canon and what better subjects for a train nut, than, are you still with me?, TRAINS...When I left home it was sunny and 80 in Dardenne Prairie, it is about a 20 minute drive south to Kirkwood MO. and as I pulled into the parking lot the sun went behind a cloud and that was it for sunny & 80, it became cloudy and muggy. OH well, just have to see how it shoots on a cloudy day. After 65 shots the rain started so that ended today's great adventure, The Train Museum is one of those great secrets of stuff close to home that you never tire of, If anyone else out there likes trains and cars and yes they even have a C-47 Transport plane in the entrance drive. This Museum has really a lot to offer and it probably has one of the larger collections of trains in one place. It was hard to decide what pictures to choose, but the first one I picked was for Donna up in Sandwich IL. it shows one of the original Burlington Zephyr Streamliners like the front of that Train Car Restaurant was trying to copy.
Maybe This went by your house years ago Donna.
This one has family ties, as my Grandfather was an E-L employee and may have run this in the 60's.
How about a Big Boy, Worlds Largest Steam Engine.
U.P.R.R. also had the Worlds Largest Diesel.
First successful Freight Diesel.
B&O one of the first Passenger Diesels, before Streamlining.
Camera did good on this detail shot of a roller bearing.
A train trip anywhere beats a plane trip anytime.
Until recently the 1522 was used to pull excursions out of the St Louis Area.
N&W Articulated Steam Engine.
How about some cars, the theme for this display this year is Route 66, from the 50's.
57 Desoto, Fins anybody.
Nash ,no wonder nobody would let their daughters go out with you if you drove one of these.
A Couple of Early RV's.
Immaculate Int'l Harvester Pickup.
55 Chevy Nomad Wagon.
57 Chevy Bel Air Convertible.
Chrysler Gas Turbine. I Saw this as a kid at the Dodge Dealer. In the early 60's
Chrysler, Had a big flathead Spitfire Six to pull that trailer with, all of about 90 horsepower, must have been a real dog.
50's Chevy City Tractor with round front trailer, donated by local St Louis Trucking Company.
This is just a small sample of what they have on display, it is really worth a stop for an afternoon when you are in the St Louis area.
Now I think I will sit around and think about taking the trailer up to Fort Madison IA. to watch some real trains, maybe a couple days next week if I get the grass cut by Tuesday again.
Everyone have a great weekend. and be safe out there,Sam & Donna...