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Article describes the 5-day process of moving the narrow-gauge locomotive "Jupiter" from the Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries Building to the National Museum of American History in early 1999 to open space for another exhibit. Built in 1876 in Philadelphia, the wood-burning "Jupiter" was used in California before being sold in 1885 to Guatemala for many decades of use in the jungles. After retirement, the "Jupiter" was bought, returned to the U.S. and later given to the Smithsonian, which restored the locomotive to its original appearance.


  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Arts and Industries Building


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Smithsonian Vol. 30, No. 1 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


April 1999


  • Museum buildings
  • Trains
  • Jupiter (Locomotive)
  • Locomotives


Washington (D.C.)

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pages 32-37

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