Photo a Day Challenge

Hartford Auto Museum


We admit to feeling a bit sentimental upon finding this old Wurlitzer juke box in a darkened corner.  We remember one like it at Della’s Cafe in our hometown.   Della’s was the teenager gathering spot . . . it brought back many memories of the late 50s, when we first dated.


Hot metal bits glow and sparks fly as a craftsman cuts pieces to be used in the restoration of Soo Line 1003.


We were surprised to find this massive 1913 2-8-2 steam locomotive being restored in a large wing of the auto museum.  Soo Line 1003 last ran the rails in 2010 when its Federal Railway Commission authorization ran out; however, the Commission has decided to issue another fifteen year authorization, giving the locomotive a new lease on life.

High Key

Short oval race car No. 3 was so fast that it needed a little help to hold the number on.   (Seems to us that the mouse should be pushing on the rear of the number if the car were to be racing forward.)


Winged sprint car racers, also known as Outlaw racers, use top mounted wings to add both downforce and turning stability as they compete on short oval tracks.  The Hartford museum is near Slinger WI, home of the quarter mile Slinger Speedway, and displays a number of retired short track racers.


This appears to be a pump mechanism which pumps oil from a bulk container in the cabinet below it to the tin oil pitcher under its spigot.  The red color is usually used on gasoline containers, however.


A worn seat on a horseless carriage awaiting restoration.


Not all cars in the museum are pristine.  This one is just plain awful!  However, under the skilled hands of a skilled craftsman  who is familiar with these cars, even this pig’s ear can be turned into a silk purse!


We found this in the “To Be Restored” section.


Air power generated by squeezing a rubber bulb operated this early roadster’s horn.  This simple system has been replaced in more modern cars by the invention of batteries, alternators and air compressors.