Glory Road / Railroad Exhibit
"Glory Road" was a sentimental expression that dates back to the 19th century. This term was associated with the history and admiration of America's railroads. Engine No. 47 with a 4-6-4 wheel arrangement was built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in 1914 and originally based in Montreal. Today, it is the only engine of its type surviving in the United States.
A Wheel Tapper was a railway occupation that was mostly associated with the steam age. This job would have people employed to tap train wheels with hammers and listen to the sound made to determine the integrity of the wheel; cracked wheels like cracked bells do not sound the same as their intact counterparts.
The Consolidation Type Locomotive with a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement became one of the all time great steam locomotive designs. More “Consolidations”were built than any other wheel arrangement. Roughly 23,000 were built for use in the USA and 12,000 more for export.
Permanent Way was a term that originated in the early days of British Railway construction as a distinction between the building of temporary track lines and the finished, or permanent track.
"The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man" Thomas Jefferson, 1802. No invention on the 1800's played a more vital role in the Industrial Revolution than the Steam locomotive. This creation initiated the biggest leap in transportation technology in history and was arguably that period's most important product.
The Smokestack is a devise that is used on a steam locomotive to help release smoke and pressure. They are one of the most important parts of a steam locomotive, without them the engines would explode from having too much pressure. They also polluted the air and this led to one of the reasons that ended the Steam-Era in railroading.
In 1850 U.S. President Millard Fillmore signed a land grant for the construction of a railroad that would link the northern and southern parts of the state of Illinois. This in turn made the Illinois Central Railroad the first land-grant railroad offered in the United States.
The Boxcar Tourist / Hobo was a name given to a homeless migratory worker who often traveled by rail. Unlike tramps who worked only when forced to, and bums who did not work at all, hobos were workers who wandered.
Immigration and emigration in America is closely connected to the history of the railroads. Along with helping build the rails, immigrants also used the railroads to migrate west and form settlements in western territories.
The Ashcat Engineer / Fireman was an important member of the steam locomotive crew who would feed the firebox with fuel. On diesel locomotives this person would monitor the controls and assist the engineer.
Originally purchased for passenger service in the 1930's engines like the Grand Trunk Western's Locomotive No. 6039 would soon prove how successfully they could move freight through the Michigan and Indiana countryside.
The Boxcar is a railroad car that is enclosed and is generally used to carry and deliver freight. Boxcars have become one of the most identifiable symbols of the railroad industry.
The Baldwin Locomotive Works was established in 1831 and the original plant was located on Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA. Baldwin made its reputation building steam locomotives for many railroads in North America as well as railroads in England, France, India, Haiti and Egypt. In 1956 the last of some 70,541 locomotives was produced.
Coal trains would often be referred to as Black Snakes on the rails. Many of the coal train transports would extend out to more than 1 1/2 miles long, running on many of the busiest lines in the United States. These trains would sometimes have more than 100 fully loaded hoppers in tow and travel up steep mountain grades and across barren prairies.
Canadian National Mikado Type No. 3254 was built in 1917 by the Canadian Locomotive Company. The 2-8-2 wheel alignment Mikado Type Locomotive later became the principal freight locomotive on North American common carrier railroads. By the year 1945 there was in excess of 10,000 Mikado Locomotives running on North American tracks.