Miniature Room

Miniature Room

This room holds a large variety of miniatures, some of which are hand painted. There is an array of different playsets, and lithograph metal garages, barns and buildings. Everything in the room is from the 1930’s to present.

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Doll Room

Doll Room

This room contains Barbie dolls, baby dolls, and dollhouses from the 1920’s to today. It also has the nation’s largest interactive dollhouse.

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Eva Schulte — The Museum Librarian

Free Little Library:

Have you driven past the museum and saw the miniature yellow caboose and a orange box car
in front of our building. Well it just isn’t a great picture spot but if you open them up,
we have free books.
The free library was started as a community outreach to encourage people to read.
The miniature caboose holds children books for all ages, from babies to teens.
We have board books, picture books, readers and chapter books.
The boxcar has an assortment of adults books. All books are free,
no need to leave a book or return it, as all books are donated to museum.
During the holidays, such as Easter, Christmas, etc. we try and feature books for these special days.
We are always adding new books. So stop by and take a book home to enjoy.

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Calendar of Events

August 13-14                                                   Dog Days                                11-2pm

September 17                                         Fall Yard Sale                         8-noon

October 14, 15, 16                                  Treated Tours                         Fri 5:30-8, Sat & Sun 2-4

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Fun Facts with Mr. Miller

What does Wheeling, Parkersburg and Pittsburgh have in common? The B&O Caboose #2019, also known as the “Wheeling Caboose.”

It was built in 1920 and went to the B&O in 1922. Then spent its working life on freight and coal trains until 1980 when it came to Wheeling to be used for different venues such as an office for the boat “The Valley Voyager” cruises on the Ohio River.

There was an event while the caboose was located on the waterfront where an individual set it on fire. This forced the city of Wheeling to install metal bars on its windows.

Well guess what, the museum purchased #2019 from the city of Wheeling to save it from being sold for scrap iron.

Yes, we have restored #2019 and you can rent it to sleep in overnight. What a once in a lifetime experience you can now enjoy.

Facts:
It sleeps 4 adults and one child

The lights flicker as if lit by oil.

If all kids, there must be an adult with them

Now you will have the use of our special Caboose room located in the museum. More about that later

Access to the entire museum while it is open to the public

This special Caboose room contains an extensive library of several hundred hard backed books about the real railroad. Artifacts connected to the industry, a child’s play area. And you have your own shower, sink, and toilet.

If this doesn’t spark your interest, you better check in next door. Yes, they even have carry out service, hee hee.

Always feel free to contact the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum at 144 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV; (304) 242-8133, or www.toyandtrain.com

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Fun Facts with Mr. Miller

Did we have dinosaurs and monsters here in the local area? You betcha!!

The world’s largest locomotive, just now put back on the steam- the famous “Big Boy” of the Union Pacific Railroad with a wheel assignment of 4-8-8-4 and 132 feet long. Well guess what, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad can boast about their EM-1 clocking in at 125.8 feet depending on what tender they were using at the time.

Big Boy

EM-1

132’ to 132’10”

125’ 3 5/8”

1,208,750 lbs. total weight

1,010,700 lbs.

Built by American Locomotive Co

Built by Balwin Loco Works

They built 25

#’s 650-679

1941-1944

650-669 = 1944

670-679 = 1945

135,375 lbs. Tractive Effort

115,000 Tractive Power

This brute of a monster was so large, they could only use it from the Benwood, WV yards up to the Great Lakes pulling coal drags.

Yes, we have the Big Boy in HO brass and Lionel “O” gauge. As for the EM-1, it is in “O” gauge Lionel. All are in the train rooms on the third floor of the museum.

If you have any personal information you would like to share with us, please feel free to do so – I AM SERIOUS. Let’s all get involved to make this a new endeavor of the local area, the success that has been too long over looked to date.

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