A World On Wheels – Cars at the Railroad Museum

The story of transportation in California may have started with covered wagons and horses, but what makes California truly unique are the railroads and the cars.

This summer, California Automobile Museum will be displaying five cars at the California State Railroad Museum. Visit the Railroad Museum any time they are open to check out the shared stories between trains and automobiles, between Memorial Day weekend and Labor day weekend.

Get a rare chance to see these classic machines side by side. The cars on display will share some technological and social aspects with trains and will have knowledgeable docents from both Museums to tell you all about them.

This display will be included with admission to the California State Railroad Museum. If you are a member of the California Automobile Museum and your membership includes NARM admission – then you can get in for free!

–Press Release–

Railroad Museum to Showcase Automobiles Alongside Locomotives When New “A World on Wheels” Exhibit Debuts on May 26

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation – in partnership with the California Automobile Museum — will debut an eye-catching and new “A World on Wheels” exhibit on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Located alongside impressive full-scale locomotives in the Railroad Museum’s spacious Roundhouse, five vintage automobiles will be on display as part of the “A World on Wheels” exhibit. The display will highlight how innovative train technology and design paved the way for the emergence of the automobile that quickly surged in popularity for passenger travel. The five automobiles on loan from the California Automobile Museum will include the following: a 1914 Stanley Steam Car, a 1932 Ford Model B Station Wagon, a 1937 Cadillac Series 60 Sedan, a 1940 Lincoln Zephyr and a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Railroad Museum visitors will see and gain an understanding of how train technology and design drove that of early steam-powered automobiles. For instance, the first station wagon was a direct product of train travel – the vehicles were custom-built to transport people and luggage to and from train stations. As automobiles increased in popularity, the focus of railroads shifted to the transportation of cargo (that coincidentally included automobiles). The new “A World on Wheels” exhibit will remain on display through September 4, 2017.