Installation of Steam Locomotive in NMHT

ID: SIA2010-0464 and SA-911

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1961

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder 9A

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While the building is still under construction, the 1401, a 280-ton Pacific-type passenger steam locomotive, has been moved just inside the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, and is being supported by wooden ties. The locomotive was built in 1926 by the Richmond, Virginia, works of the American Locomotive Company. The railroad car was too large to move into the building after it was completed and so was moved prior to completion of the exterior walls.


  • American Locomotive Company
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Railroad Hall (NMHT)
  • Pacific Railroad Company


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


For other images of the Pacific Railroad car arriving at NMHT, see Negatives SA1289 or 2004-10283, MAH-49366, and SA-911. For similar images of the Southern Railroad car arriving at NMHT see Negatives SIA2009-2174 and SA-912. A list of hand written captions to the pictures can also be found in this folder.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder 9A

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



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  • Trains
  • Railroads
  • Museum buildings
  • Construction
  • Moving of artifacts
  • Workmen
  • Transportation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Steam locomotives
  • Employees
  • Construction workers
  • Railroads--Trains
  • Locomotives
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Object
  • Event

ID Number

SIA2010-0464 and SA-911

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Object; Medium: Photographic print Number of Images: 1;

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