St. Louis Waterworks 10

Built in:1914 by St. Louis Car Company (ord#1032)
Out-of-service/Retired:1959 (1955)
Type of car:interurban (suburban car)
Current Owner:Museum of Transportation(Kirkwood, Missouri)

Car History by Frank Hicks

St. Louis Waterworks 10
One of the more unusual suburban electric operations was the St. Louis Waterworks line. The city water facility at Chain of Rocks was isolated enough to warrant building an electric railway that could be used to transport workers and material. The Waterworks line, which was about seven miles long, utilized a small fleet of suburban cars to transport its workforce to and from work. The line also started to be used by the public for leisure purposes, and traffic increased to the point where additional cars were needed in 1914. Cars 10 and 11 were built, and these two cars operated until electric operations were suspended in 1939. Operations were reinstated in 1944, however, and continued until the power was shut off for good in April 1955. Car 10 was stored until it was bought by the National Museum of Transport (later MoT) in 1958, and it was moved to Kirkwood in 1959. On display for many years, in the late 1990's a resurgence of interest in traction at MoT saw an effort to make the car operational. It was completely restored during 2000 and 2001, and since that time has been in regular service at MoT.

Ownership History:St. Louis Waterworks #10 1914-1959 / Museum of Transportation(Kirkwood, Missouri) 1959-present

Facts and Figures

Status:operated oftenGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:DE
#Seats:48#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP
Trucks:St Louis 23EMBrakes:Straight AirCompressor:National
Motors:WH 305 (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)