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'Locomobile' added to SB Railroad Museum

November 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
It looks like a carriage on bicycle wheels, and it's now San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum's latest prized exhibit: A steam-powered automobile believed to be the first motorized car to make it to the Inland Empire city.The 1899 "Locomobile" was found collecting dust in a garage in nearby Muscoy. It had its last run in 1965 when it was shipped overseas for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Much of the rest of its history remains to be researched.

"These are pretty rare to find," said Allen Bone, vice president of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society.

Museum officials who also serve as curators were restoring it, washing it and polishing it with utmost tender loving care on Tuesday before putting it on display.

The museum, located at the restored Santa Fe Depot, highlights San Bernardino's historic role as a railroad center.

The museum is open Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and it's free of charge.


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