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Texas Transportation Museum

Exploring the Texas Transportation Museum (in San Antonio) last month was soooo much fun!

 
All the buildings were decorated with Christmas lights…

Entrance

Entrance

Train ride

 
Chip and I rode on a train to see their North Pole…

Train ride

All aboard!

Train ride

Merry Christmas Santa!

 
We hopped on the back of this tractor headed for the “North Pole” too…

Tractor ride

 
We toured a real train! The Santa Fe #404–a 60-foot long, 60-ton Business Car–was basically an “office on wheels” for senior company management traveling by rail from 1926-1960…

Santa Fe Business Car

Stateroom #1
Chest of drawers, folding sink, medicine cabinet under bed.  Accommodates two persons.  Ladder available for second bunk.

Santa Fe Business Car

Stateroom #2

Santa Fe Business Car

Ladies’ Room
Multiple sinks. Separate toilet room.  Designed to accommodate several ladies at once.  Originally had curtain around door way for privacy when others entered or exited door.

Santa Fe Business Car

Men’s Smoking Room & Restroom
Designated smoking area for car.  Sinks for shaving and tooth brushing.  Separate toilet room.  Couch makes into bed for porter.  Porter often “sold” couch for pocket money.  Couch back lifts for extra shelf spaces.

Santa Fe Business Car

 
One building housed model trains and antique cars…

Model Trains

Model Trains

Model Trains

Model Trains

Model Trains

Model Trains

 
I love gawking at ol’ timey vehicles.  The automotive industry has come a long way in the last hundred years…

Fire truck

1898 American LaFrance ‘Metropolitan’ Steam Fire Pumper #3258
Normally pulled by 3 horses abreast; last used in San Antonio on April 24, 1927

Studebaker

1903 Studebaker Carriage
Normally pulled by two horses; this carriage won 1st prize in its class at 1903 St. Louis World’s Fair

1936 Chevy

1936 Chevy 4-door Sedan
75 horsepower, 6 cylinders, 109″ wheel base

 
Everyone wanted a photo in front of this that evening…

Train

 
A totally unexpected, yet cool find, while wandering the grounds…

Hobo Signs & Symbols

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