Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 2-10-4 #5017 (Built by Baldwin in 1944)
Chesapeake & Ohio Class K-4 "Kanawha" 2-8-4 #2736 (Built by Lima in 1925)
Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Class E-1 2-10-2 #506 (Built by Alco's Brook Works in 1919)
Ely-Thomas Lumber Company 2-Truck Shay #5 (Built by Lima in 1917)
Lake Superior & Ishpeming Class SC-4 2-8-0 #24 (Built by Alco's Pittsburgh Works in 1910)
London & North Eastern Railway Class A-4 4-6-2 #60008, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Built by the Doncaster Works of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England in 1937)
McCloud River Railroad 2-6-2 #9 (Operational, built by Baldwin in 1901)
Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) Class H-23 4-6-2 #2718 (Built by Alco's Schenectady Works in 1924)
Sumter & Choctaw Railway 2-8-2 #102 (Built by Baldwin in 1924)
U.S. Army 2-8-0 "General Pershing" #101 (Built by Baldwin in 1917)
Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" #4017 (Built by Alco in 1942)
W.F. Carey 0-4-0T #29 (Built in 1923 by Alco's Cooke Works)
The National Railroad Museum has also drawn criticism over the years for the handling of its collection, some of which is in rather poor condition exposed and rusting away to the elements outdoors. They also drew ire during the Milwaukee Road #261 negotiations in 2009 that nearly witnessed the big 4-8-4 returned to display status rather than remaining operational and hosting excursions by the Friends Of The 261. Thankfully, this fate did not befall the Northern as the Friends acquired ownership of the locomotive in May of 2010 for $225,000 and it returned to service a few years later. In any event, aside from the drumheads other features include an operating model railroad, an observation tower, and a short stretch of track that hosts train rides, including the very popular Day Out with Thomas event for kids. By request, NRM also fields a large collection of photographs and other historic documents.
|Here we see U.S. Army 2-8-0 "General Pershing" Consolidation #101, originally built for service in France but never left the States.|
All in all, if you have the chance, a visit to the National Railroad Museum is one of the must-see such institutions in the country. Given the National Railroad Museum's size it is somewhat surprising that they do not either operate their own excursion train or have one located nearby (such as the case with the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania). In any event, the NRM does have two very nice indoor facilities, the Victor McCormick Train Pavilion and the Frederick J. Lenfestey Center, which houses most of their restored pieces. Aside from their exhibits and collections the museum also has activities available for youngsters including educational field trips hosted during April and also offers the Railroading Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, which are normally held during the fall each year. For more information about the National Railroad Museum and planning a visit please click here to visit their website.
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