Greenville Railroad Museum
Greenville Railroad Park and Museum
The Railroad Park is home to Engine 604, the largest steam switch engine ever built and the only one left of its kind out of nine that were produced in 1936. It was used heavily during World War II and in Minnesota's iron ore industry. It is on display along with a coal tender, ore car, and caboose.
The museum contains a centralized traffic control system that controlled all rail traffic between Lake Erie and Pittsburgh for the Carnegie Steel Operation in Pittsburgh. There is also reconstructions of a stationmaster's quarters and dispatcher's office. There are exhibits of Greenville products including the first parachute that was patented by Stefan Banic, a Greenville citizen.
The Train Museum was very interesting. They had two trains you could go inside of. One train had a steam room. A diagram explained how it worked. You could sit down in the seats that the people who controlled the pressure in the steam sat in. They had a board that the person in command of the trains used. It was very interesting, all the codes they would have to memorize to use that thing!
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