Following no set schedule at all, the City Express departs at the whims of the engineer and at the request and interest of City Museum’s under 48″ crowd. Measuring 1/8th the size of an American Locomotive Company line, this battery-powered locomotive weighs 800 pounds and runs on two DC motors. The train tracks travel under a bridge, through a cosmic tunnel, and next to an even tinier train.
The miniature train contained in the City Express loop includes a Pete Fordyce HO series set. Much of the exhibit was constructed by St. Louis’ premier model rail builder, John Ellebracht, and the set depicts the 1963 Pine Bluff, Missouri to Little Rock, Arkansas leg of the Missouri Pacific line.