In the late ‘90‘s, Henry Ford Museum moved the major mechanical and structural components of the Detroit, Toledo, & Milwaukee Roundhouse in Marshall, Michigan to Greenfield Village. In this 1884 six-stall, steam locomotives had been maintained and repaired until the early ’50’s. Exhibits in the Backshop introduced the Roundhouse and its functions, the locomotives, and the workers who maintained them. The Steam Locomotive Wall was an animated, interactive half-scale diagramatic model of a steam locomotive. A series of exhibits along one side of the immense axle lathe detail the many maintenance tasks needed to keep locomotives rolling.
The wheel press group invites visitors to heft an engine’s massive tools and parts, then check a steam fittings by tapping them with a precision hammer. A video narrated by one of the workers walks visitors through locomotive maintenance. Design and fabrication of exhibits for the 1,160 sf. Roundhouse Backshop. The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, client. Opened June, 2000.