Here the development of transporation before gas-powered vehicles is explored. Be inspired by countless applications of American ingenuity as the nation strove to increase its mobility during its first 200 years. Revisit the times when wheels were made of wood, tires were made of iron, and four horsepower was a lot.
Built in 1941 and weighing in at 600 tons, this was one of the largest steam-powered locomotives ever built. Designed for pulling huge coal trains over the Allegheny mountains of West Virginia, this locomotive could reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. This powerful behemoth is the centerpiece of our trains collection and a visitor landmark in Henry Ford Museum. The cab of the Allegheny locomotive is now open for public viewing.
C & O Allegheny #1601
Lima Locomotive 2-6-6-6
One of the most significant horse-drawn vehicles developed in America is the famous Concord coach, first built in the late 1820s in Concord, New Hampshire. The sturdy suspension system was well suited to travel on rugged terrain. Its strength, durability and comfort established the company's reputation and the vehicles were shipped to all parts of the U.S. and abroad. With the advent of trolleys and automobiles, the coach fell out of use.
Made: ca. 1865
|Rapid Omnibus |
Morris and Max Grabowski began building trucks in Detroit in 1900. Adopting the name 'Rapid' in 1902, the company was purchased by General Motors in 1909. In 1913, it became GMC.