Annual Meeting of the Membership

Saturday, May 5th, at 10 am
at The National Museum of Transportation
Earl C. Lindburg Automobile Center
2933 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
(second entrance)
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!
The National Museum of Transportation Whale Belly Tanker can hold 60,200 gallons of liquid.  If that liquid was milk, you could have one gallon of milk each day for the next how many years?

The NMOT is a S.T.E.A.M. playground!  We represent the history of  science,  technology,  engineering, and  mathematics at its best.  Are you ready to take the S.T.E.A.M. Challenge?

Using your thinking skills and the  NMOT artifacts, develop one S.T.E.A.M. or critical thinking question that future elementary school guests, scouts, and families can solve while visiting.  Your name and your question may be selected for our 
2019  'Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead' guest challenge brochure.

Think. Think. Think...

Are you ready to take the challenge?

Click here for more information.
"May you always see the world  through the eyes of a child."
C.J. Heck
Miss Linda Day
Friday, May 11th, 2018
9 am - 12 noon
The William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein 
Education & Visitor Center

In loving memory of Linda Kay MacRunnel
Creation Station Crew Captain 2000 - 2017
Miss Linda will be truly missed by her
National Museum of Transportation family.
Her kind spirit, generous heart, and gentle soul touched the
lives of thousands of children - and adults.
She taught us all by her extraordinary example.
Big Trucks. Little Trucks. Fire Trucks!
Pumpers & Pistons Show
Saturday, May 19th
10 am - 2 pm
Featuring antique and modern fire trucks, police cars, jeeps, 
a troop carrier, ambulance and much more!
11:00 am, hear the  hummm of the Chrysler Turbine Car!  

11:30 am, Edie's Fairytale Theatre will perform 'Little Red Riding Hood' - highlighting safety for children.

12:30 pm, our resident expert will highlight the history of the Bobby Darin Dream Car.

10:00 - 2:00 pm, MoCHIP will be available. MoCHIP (Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program) uses an Amber Alert compatible computer disc to provide a child's critical  information to the parents (no microchips used), with five major components:
  • Digital Photographs
  • Digital Fingerprints
  • Child Information and Emergency contacts
  • Dental bite impression
  • Two (2) laminated ID cards
Click here for more information.

Hosted by The National Museum of Transportation, Gateway Fire Historical Society, and the American Truck Historical Society 
From the Garden...
photo by Ron Anderson

We have 42-acres of land peppered with Missouri Native and Pollinator Gardens.  Do you want to volunteer your green thumb at our ever growing Museum?  
Contact April at  team.nature.ed@gmail.com

Thank You Very  Mulch

We are grateful to The Home Depot in Town & Country, Missouri, for its generous donation of mulch to the Museum this spring.  Not only did they donate mulch, they then sent over the crew to help us spread the mulch and clean up the grounds!  What a great community partner!  Thank you!

From the Archives...

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley...to a baseball game!
St. Louis Cardinal fans arrived by trolley at Sportsman's Park, circa 1946.  

Did you know...The National Museum of Transportation Library & Archives has more than 200,000 historic photographs and/or documents?
Artifact of the month...

The H.T. Pott Towboat
Imagine traveling down the Missouri River....

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.  This vessel, built in 1933, operated out of Kansas City, Mo.  It is named for Herman T. Pott (1895-1982), a distinguished river transportation executive and entrepreneur.  The "H.T. Pott" was built by his St. Louis Shipyard & Steel Co., which had operated under several names since the Civil War.  

Groups of barges that are moved on the nation's rivers are called tows.  The boats that propel them are called towboats, even though they push the barges from the back instead of pulling them.

How did the boat get to The National Museum of Transportation?  A truck brought the vessel's hull to the Museum after which its engine was reinstalled and a replica deck house built.

Keeping the H.T. Pott in Shipshape!  (Well, boat shape!)  


It is all hands on deck as Museum volunteers sand, scrape, and repaint the H.T. Pott.  This cosmetic restoration should be done by the end of June.
Renovation & Restoration...
Volunteers are working hard on the following projects:

B&O Camelback - in progress - restoration
H.T. Pott Towboat - in progress - cosmetic restoration
Trolley Car #2740 - in progress - complete interior and exterior refurbishment, paint and upholstery
Trolley Car #44 - in progress - checking systems
Trolley Car #1743 - in progress - replacing rear truck or 4th axle
Trolley Platform - in progress - capital improvement - will extend trolley ride
Trolley Car #1533 - upcoming - complete restoration if electrical works, cosmetic otherwise
Georgia Engine - upcoming - cosmetic restoration
Whale Belly Tanker Car - cosmetic / overall cleaning
Take A Seat...Please!
PTC 2740 Adopt-a-Seat Program

The National Museum of Transportation Trolley Volunteers are currently refurbishing our Philadelphia Transit Company #2740.  This was the first car that the Trolley Volunteers put into service at the Museum in 1998.  The seats of this trolley were last refurbished by SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, in 1984.
The seats, as received from SEPTA in 1995, were blue with red trim.  Our goal is to restore the seats back to the original brown color.  The cost to reupholster a double seat is $199.00 and a single seat is $149.00.  
Will you Adopt-A-Seat for renovation?  
 
Click here to donate.

If you cannot contribute to the  entire cost of a seat restoration, please make a general donation of any amount to this restoration project.  All donations are appreciated.

Checks should be made payable to:  TMA - Trolley Fund and mailed to  2967 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis, MO  63122.  Please mark on your donation:  PTC #2740 Restoration.
This 1972 Mercedes 280 SE 
Can Be Yours!
What a great way to spend Father's Day...
driving your new Mercedes!  The opportunity is yours. 

Purchase your raffle tickets  here.

Drawing at The National Museum of Transportation at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 17th, 2018.  Proceeds benefit The National Museum of Transportation and 
The Empowerment Network.  
Tickets are $25 each or five for $100.
Our Mission
The National Museum of Transportation  will be the leader in protecting and interpreting  North American transportation heritage.   As stewards of our heritage, we will provide engaging education programs, interactive and interpretative exhibits, and conserve transportation history for the next generations.

Our Goal
Preserve and protect our transportation heritage so we are able to teach our children and our children's children about the significant role transportation played in the development of our Country.  We preserve history every day for the next generations!