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Rail, auto, and aviation innovations at The Henry Ford history museum

Tech of the past: Allegheny Locomotive

While at The Henry Ford museum to see the LEGO Architecture exhibit, I also walked around looking for technology of the past. This gallery contains photos of a large portion of the museum's collection, but there is even more for the Detroit native or visitor to see.

One of the biggest things (pun intended) people come to see is the 1941 Allegheny Locomotive. Normally used for freight hauling, this class of locomotive was also pressed into service to haul troops during World War II. This locomotive (including tender) weighed 603.5 tons and could reach a maximum speed of 60 mph. Climb on board to take a look at the controls!

Photo by Wally Bahny for TechRepublic

9 comments
by.gad
by.gad

I remember when my dad took us up to Michigan to the Ford Museum back in the Mid 70''s. I still have several photos I took with my Kodac Instamatic camera when I was 17 years old! I'll have to dig those photos back up!

Realvdude
Realvdude

I have a few tidbits of information to add. The Henry Ford is big enough to for a two day visit to really take everything in, plus Greenfield Village and you can easily fill a three day weekend. The Dymaxion house was Buckminster Fuller concept/project. He designed it as a affordable post war home. Steam engine power for factories was very versatile in that it could turn one or more shafts that ran the entire length of the building, with belt driven equipemnt attached as needed. The wheel size and ratio on the shaft and the equipment, allowed for various speeds.

GrandeMocha
GrandeMocha

One of my favorite places on earth. I love walking by the Kennedy car and the drive in movie theater. I love that I can now get pie at Lamy's.

What the ...!
What the ...!

The H. Ford & Greenfield Village is a fantastic place. It's simply amazing that the displays in the village are not reproductions but the real thing. For example, the Wright Bro.s bicycle shop is the actual shop moved from Ohio. The one in Dayton is a reproduction! For you rail fans the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis is also worth a visit. You can climb on many of the displays for that "close up" experience.

pgit
pgit

I'm a railroad fanatic, what some people call a "foamer." It's a crying shame we lost the passenger rail system we had built in this country. It's so much better than cars in just about every way conceivable. It's a more relaxing, safer, far more environmentally friendly, more fun and enjoyable way to travel...

ghirte
ghirte

Love old steam engines, tractors and cars! The National Railroad Museum in Green Bay WI has a Union Pacific Big Boy among other trains. One fall I worked on a thrashing crew which used a Case steam engine for power. It was the last year for steam. There are still local shows with old steam traction engines, old tractors, etc. Great nostalgia! Need to visit the Henry Ford Museum!

Dail
Dail

Makes me wish that I lived in the U.S.A.

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

Amazing pictures. They sure had some interesting items back then. I'll have to plan a visit. If you like trains, the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is a great place to visit as well.

krubz
krubz

Excellent news letter i love reading up on old tech. Well done.