The National Railroad Museum is in our backyard
GREEN BAY - One of the rich parts of American history lives in Green Bay. The National Railroad museum - it has an official Congressional delegation as such - sits just southeast of Lambeau Field.
Born of the ingenuity of Sir Nigel Gresley, British Railways #60008 is among the fastest steam locomotives in the world. The locomotive is capable of speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h. The British named #60008 to honor Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for his command work during World War II. Studio 44: National Railroad Museum collection
Pennsylvania Railroad #4890, one of 16 GG-1s preserved today, now finds its home in the Lenfestey Center at the National Railroad Museum. Exhibited in the famous Pennsy “cat-whisker” strips, one can almost see her racing between New York and Washington, D.C. with a first-class passenger train Studio 44: National Railroad Museum collection
Assigned to the Pennsylvania Railroad, the sleeping car Lake Mitchell was part of George Pullman’s great moving hotel. For the traveler, a Pullman sleeper meant service equal to a fine hotel. However, for the Pullman porter, who served the rail passenger, the work was hard, the hours long and the pay minimal. Learn more about the life of the Pullman porters in a new National Railroad Museum exhibit opening in July 2008. The Pullman porter exhibit will be housed a restored Lake Mitchell sleeping car. Studio 44: National Railroad Museum collection
Big Boy’s job was simple – move 3,500 tons of freight at once over the mountains of Wyoming and eastern Utah as quickly as possible. Using the brute force of 6,000 horsepower, the Union Pacific Big Boys lugged freight trains through the 1940s and 1950s, helping America win World War II and move into the atomic age. Union Pacific #4017 is preserved at the National Railroad Museum.