Life, photography and philosophy at 1:87 scale…

Life, photography and philosophy at 1:87 scale…

Life, photography and philosophy at 1:87 scale…

The National Railroad Museum: Unique Equipment in Titletown

The National Railroad Museum, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin is a place where you can get up close and personal with a variety of railroad equipment. Visitors to the NRM can view motive power such as UP’s “Big Boy” 4017, the GM “Aerotrain”, and others. I actual have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the museum. I love that I can drive across town to get up close with trains (the museum is next to one of the buildings I work at). It’s also great that they have finally started taking restoration seriously and seem to be trying to clean things up after years of neglect. Of course, all those years of neglect have led to the serious deterioration of parts of the collection; so much so that some pieces have been sold for scrap. They also kicked out the Green Bay model railroad club after nearly 20 years, and right when I was about to join! Things might be looking up though- they recently announced a major building project that when complete will finally display all the equipment is a deserving manner.

UP 4017 rests in the climate controlled Lefestey Center. This 4-8-8-4 Alco “Big Boy” is the centerpiece of the museum.

Harrison hangs out of the engineers window of UP 4017. Getting your picture taken here has become a family tradition.

A little girl and a big boy.

Even though the paint scheme looks great, this Alco S3 never actually worked for the GB&W.

While painted GB&W 103, this Alco S3 is actually the former Manistique & Lake Superior number 1.

A Janesville and Southeastern ABA F7 consist from the private collection of the late Glen Mohart.

On Occasion, this Alco S6 would head up the tourist train around the museum.

Shhh! Don’t tell the kids, but it looks like that little blue engine “tanked”.

Harrison poses by a live steam model that’s seen better days. I think this engine has been cleaned up and moved inside to the gift shop.

A live steam model serves as playground feature outside the museum. Nothing that a 2-year-old Abby can’t climb.

Being that we are in Green Bay, you’d think there would be more GBW engines on display. Sadly this  Alco C-430 is it.

The kids and I hanging out at our favorite photo spot. Event though they aren’t into trains as much as I am, they still enjoy visiting the museum.

The mail slots in the displayed RPO are from small towns in east central Nebraska; the part of the country my family is originally from. I wonder if my grandparents ever received mail via this car.

The Bellwood, Nebraska mail slot in CB&Q 2330. This small town of less than 600 is where my grandmother Anna lived until 2010.

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy RPO 2330.

A close-up of the CB&Q reporting mark.

The interior of the CB&Q RPO is in better shape than the outside.

Wisconsin Central 2402 (nee, FRVR 2402, BN 6250 and CB&Q 510) finally at the end of the line.

An EMD SD24 in Fox River Valley Railroad colors that belonged to the Wisconsin Central for a brief period of time.

She may be only 3, but Abby can scamper up to the caboose cupola with ease.

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific no. 2 looks great for being over 100 years old.

Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway D538. This EMD NW1 is the former Tomahawk and Western 90.

5-year-old Harrison decides to get in on the shot.

Craig Mountain Lumber Company No. 3 steams up.

Craig Mountain Lumber Company No. 3 visited the museum in September of 2003.

the CMLC No. 3 was originally built in 1917 by the Heisler Locomotive Works.

Pennsylvania Railroad #4890 rests inside the Lenfestey Center. This GG1 is one of only 16 surviving examples of this type of electric locomotive.

A young railfan in the roomy cab of the “Big Boy”.

A good memory was probably needed to remember which valve did what when driving a Big Boy.

The kids can’t help but hang out of the conductors window of the 4017.

Bangor and Aroostook #56 was originally built in 1949 and comes from the private collection of the late Glen Monhart.

The EMD BL2 is probably the ugliest diesel locomotive ever manufactured.

Another view of GBW 315.

A close-up of the light package gives away this switchers heritage as a former Southern Pacific unit.

A broken crankshaft in 1986 doomed GBW 315 to live out the remainder of it’s days as a museum piece.

Short hood details of an Alco C-430.

Built in 1963 for the Soo Line, this EMD GP30 later became Wisconsin Central 715. While it is still on the property, rumor had it that this engine might be sold for scrap.

Green Bay & Western 315 was originally built in 1968.

While this locomotive is currently painted for the Chicago NorthWestern, it never actually saw service on that road.

An Alco S-6 originally built in 1955 as Southern Pacific 1034 (renumbered SP 1201). Later it became GB&W 1201.

Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 506 was just pulled out of the shed and into the sunlight during our visit.

The General Motors Aerotrain for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific. As a kid I thought this was the coolest engine at the museum.

Originally built in 1945, This former Milwaukee Road (nee MILW 1809) looks great in the summer sun.

Still capable of pulling the tour train, this Fairbanks- Morse H10-44 solders on.

The massive 68 inch drivers of Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4017.

The steam pressure gauge now rests silently.

Of the 25 original Big Boys, only 8 still survive. 4017 was a cosmetic restoration and will likely never run again.

The neon lights from the City of Portland Domeliner.

This Soo Line drum head is just one of many on display.

A drumhead from the Northern Pacific’s “North Coast Limited”.

London and North Eastern Railway A4 class steam locomotive. The “Dwight D. Eisenhower” has been in the collection since 1964.

The drivers of the “Dwight D. Eisenhower”.

The engineers controls of Pennsylvania Railroad #4890, a GG1.

The reason this boxcar (MWW 242) looks so good it that it’s a replica…

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific #38A. Obviously this EMD E9A has seen much better days.

The road number is almost completely lost due to rest and corrosion.

The “F” for “front” marking of CMSP&P #38A is just barely recognizable. Sadly this engine was not to be restored, and instead was sold for scrap.

This Alco S-2 saw service as Airport, Painesville, and Eastern Railroad Company #103 before going to work for Fort Howard Paper.

FHP 63-180 was parked just west of the tower, affording this great shot.

More to come!

Interesting textures on a decaying logging car.

Fading paint cannot hide this EMD SD24’s identity as a former Fox River Valley Railroad engine.

Janesville and Southeastern #52, another ugly EMD BL2.

The former Southern Pacific 1203 (Alco S-6) painted in a “foobie” GBW scheme.

A crisp fall afternoon at “Hood Junction”.

Even though he’s 10, Harrison still enjoys exploring the museum.

Abby humors me with another pose from the engineers window of UP 4017.

Old school industrial design on the sing faucets in the “Silver Spirit”.

The “Silver Spirit” dining and parlor observation car from CB&Q’s Silver Streak Zephyr.

An Alco S-6 pulls out from the junction.

A goose watches over WC 2402.

That ubiquitous little blue engine. He didn’t get any of my cash though, I got this shot from public property.

4-8-8-4-1 = wheel arrangement “1” for 1st class

68 = 68” driving wheels

23 3/4 - 23 3/4 = Front/rear cylinder diameters

32= 32” piston stroke, 540 =540k lbs on drivers

MB= MB type stoker

The Ahnapee & Western was a very short shoreline that operated in Door County, Wisconsin. This replica placard hangs on the side of an A&W caboose.

The very black back of Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad Flange plow # 100.

I thought that plow looked familiar. Here my mom, dad, brother and I are visiting the museum in 1976. Too bad this is such a poor photo, I’m sporting quite the mod outfit.

A poster for Atlantic City was found in one of the passenger cars.

Time has not treated the paint on this Alco S-3 very well.

The Rock Island logo on the GM Aerotrain.

Kids goofing around on the hand car.

The museum put up some new signage to be more visible from highway 172.

United States Army Alco RSD-1 #8651 slowly rusts away.

Another year in the elements; the paint is a little more faded and the weeds are a little higher.

The hobo boxcar. I’m not sure of the heritage of this car, but if you look carefully you can just see some faded lettering showing through.

Soo Line W1 Buycrus-Erie steam crane. This crane was built in 1903 and was able to lift up to 80 tons.

A crossing to nowhere.

A sunny fall day.

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