Located in Utica, Indiana, we found this neat private collection on a recent trip through the area. Join us as we look at the interesting artifacts and architecture on display at this hidden local treasure. We must point out that this is a private collection, and that it is not always open. Check their Facebook page for various public events, and do not trespass to see anything on your own.
The first thing that will grab the attention of most visitors is the collection of train cars parked out front. All of the ones out in the immediate front are from the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, INAAP.
Interior of the locomotive cab. Note the various control levers. I bet this was a blast to drive.
A flat car from INAAP, complete with some rolling carts for transporting stuff at the plant. Another, similar car and locomotive turned up at a museum in La Grange, Kentucky.
Another type of train car. This one is new to me. Its some sort of inter-plant transport.
The cars look to have been made at American Car and Foundry Company. AC&F produced a variety of products during World War Two, including M3 Stuart Tanks and different types of artillery.
A standard safety feature of train cars today, a Janney coupler holds the various cars together. These were a massive improvement over earlier "link and pin" devices that severed many fingers over the years.
Another locomotive, painted up for INAAP use. This style is pretty tough to find as well.
A railroad track/signal device. All in all, pretty neat stuff.
Also out front is this large Ferris wheel type thing. It doesn't have seat, so I don't know if its really one or not.
Anyone here remember the old Sportsdrome Speedway in Jeffersonville IN? Yea, that's the sign from it. Awesome.
Other INAAP stuff, scattered around the interior of the museum. We must repeat and stress that this is a private collection. Do not trespass to access it.