museum of science and industry chicago


The Empire State Express, engine 999, as seen (top) outside the train station at Watertown, New York in the 1950s, and (bottom) on display at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 2003.

“The Empire State Express was one of the named passenger trains and onetime flagship of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad (a predecessor of the later New York Central Railroad). On September 14, 1891 it covered the 436 miles (702 kilometers) between New York City and Buffalo in 7 hours and 6 minutes (including stops), averaging 61.4 miles-per-hour (98.8 km/h), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h)” (from the wikipedia entry)

The Watertown train station has been demolished, replaced by a parking lot.  Top photo was an uncredited submission to a facebook page.  Bottom photo by Sean Lamb.


Remember These at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry? by Marty Bernard
Via Flickr:
Two scans from slides in Roger Puta’s Reject Box. CB&Q Pioneer Zephyr 9900 on July 7, 1962. This is America’s first diesel-powered streamliner. Next to it is the German U505 submarine. The Zephyr has been renovated has a display area in the parking garage. I went to Google Earth and Google Street View but can see neither the Greman U-Boat nor the Santa Fe Steam Engine.


Busy Week

Last week my company held its annual customer conference - 3,000 people attended the 4 day event in Chicago. I ask for Beth’s help choosing clothes when I’m going to be speaking as I did twice at the conference.

The event included multiple client dinners each night but I made it to the gym a few times anyway. The big finale was Thursday night when we rented the entire Museum of Science and Industry.

I got home Friday afternoon; ran 13 yesterday and 7 today followed by donuts.


CB&Q 9900 Pioneer Zephyr by Chuck Zeiler
Via Flickr:
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad 9900 Pioneer Zephyr at Omaha, Nebraska on an unknown day in March 1960, Kodachrome by Dick Rumbolz, Chuck Zeiler collection. Number 9900 made its last run on March 20, 1960 from Lincoln to Galesburg, then was overhauled at Aurora and towed to Chicago, donated to the Museum of Science and Industry on May 26, 1960. Since its construction in 1934, it had traveled 3,222,898 miles.


Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle is a fairy dream home adapted to fantastic proportions. This elaborate miniature house was created in the 1930s by silent film star Colleen Moore, fulfilling her childhood fascination with doll houses. The 9-square-foot castle features about 1,500 miniatures and cost nearly $500,000 at the time it was created. It became a permanent exhibit when it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) in 1949, where it is situated on the Lower Level. It’s tiny treasures, includes:

• A painting of Mickey and Minnie Mouse donated by Walt Disney, along with a dozen other pieces of original artwork from various artists

• The tiniest Bible ever to be written, dating back to 1840, as well as a library of other amazing tiny volumes signed by famous authors like John Steinbeck and Agatha Christie.

• Tapestries created by a master needleworker from Vienna

• Three statues of the Egyptian goddess Isis—more than 4,000 years old

anonymous asked:

Vanessa! I'm pretty likely going to be visiting chicago this summer. I've never been before and was wondering if you could recommend me some places to go / see / and places to eat. things like that. Thank you so much i love your blog! :)

Omg youre gonna love it! Here are some of my favorite places:

Touristy things:

Nichols Bridgeway to get an amazing view of the city

Do the architecture tour! It is so beautiful in the summer and on a boat!

Modern Wing at the Art Institute

The obvious things like Millenium Park, Sears Tower, Museum of Science & Industry

Places to eat:

3 Arts Cafe at Restoration Hardware (explore the store and rooftop before you sit down and eat)

Grand Lux Cafe

Public House

Goddess and The Baker

The Allis at Soho House

RPM Steak


If you have any questions, I would love to help! :)


CB&Q 9900 7-20-82 by Leon Kay
Via Flickr:
CB&Q 9900 “PIONEER ZEPHYR” (509 4/34) @Museum of Science & Industry Chicago IL 7-20-82

More BH6 headcanons

Tadashi has a bucket list hidden under his pillow. He’s constantly adding things to it and checking things off as he goes on. Some of the things on that list include visiting the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and seeing The Lion King on Broadway.

Hiro has always wanted a cockatoo.

Hiro is a huge Harry Potter nerd but he acts like he’s never heard of the series. He thinks he’s keeping his love of the series a secret but everyone else knows about it. Hiro keeps all of the books and movies hidden under a loose floorboard next to his bed.

Wasabi’s favorite show is ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’

Fred can talk to animals.

Fred is a distant descendant of Ruffnut and Tuffnut. There is a secret room in his house filled with artifacts, records, books and dragon riding equipment from Berk. Among the relics are Hiccup’s Dragon Book, the map he created, Toothless’s saddle, and an old painting depicting a viking chief riding to Valhalla on the back of a dragon.

Gogo’s favorite movie is The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Honey Lemon loves horror movies, especially psychological thrillers. One time for movie night she brought 'The Human Centipede.’ Wasabi fainted and Hiro became physically ill. Consequently Honey hasn’t been allowed to bring a movie since.

Baymax’s cameras allow him to see ghosts.

One of Gogo’s dreams is to compete in the Winter Olympics as a speed skater.

Hiro is secretly working on a way to make an actual flying broom so he can ride it around San Fransokyo on Halloween while dressed up as Harry Potter.

Honey Lemon wants to visit Pompeii someday.