Cheyenne Depot Museum
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The old depot, a National Historic Landmark, serves both as the Cheyenne Visitor's Center and the Cheyenne Depot Museum.
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Semaphore at the entrance to the museum and gift shop.
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Model trains were running over the heads of visitors.
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Used by surveyors.
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Link, part of the coupling device.
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Pin. Part of the coupling device. Link and pin couplers were banned by Congress in 1893 because of the high number of accidents to workers using them to connect trains.
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Conductor's uniform.
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Bib overalls. They were worn by men and women who worked in the yards, machine shops or in the cabs of locomotives.
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Railroad switch stand. They were manually thrown by switchtenders in most railroad yards before automated switcfhes.
(Grandma and Noah appear distorted in the background because this photo was "stitched" from three individual photos into one showing the whole switch stand).
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Machine shop tool chest. Employees usually made their own tools with few exceptions.
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Station agent's desk.
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Message hoop used to pass messages from telegraph operator to train crew.
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Early telephones used in Cheyenne.
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Telephone switchboard.
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"Big Boy," a hand-carved artwork by Wilbur Craig, 2004. It has 9,000 pieces and 90 moving parts. No other exists in the world.
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"Big Boy" from the other side.
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"Big Boy" carving.
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Another view of "Big Boy."
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Waiting room furniture.
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Railroaders were union members.
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Railway Express Agency baggage cart.
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Scale for weighing baggage and freight.
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These trunks are sitting on a hatchway to the first floor. The scale is below them. The seond floor of the depot was where baggage clerks and agents loaded the crates, luggage and freight for weighing and then taken to the trains unless they were kept for long-term storage.
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A "Mush fakir." (See next photo).
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A Style "H" searchlight signal. They replaced Stye "B" semaphores on the Union Pacific line in Wyoming.
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Lights on the Style "H" searchlight signal.
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This Lionel locomotive is similar to the one from the train set Grandpa Roy has that he and Grandma put up around their Christmas tree each year. Grandpa's set is nearly 65 years old.
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Old crossing signal. it flashed at the museum.
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View of the active rail yard from the depot museum.
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The old terminal now serves as the visitor's center as well as the depot museum.