There are a few museums that have complete non-cutaway large Diesel engines on open floor display. Since marine applications normally do not allow public access, and many marine engines also were used in Diesel locomotives, it is possible to see engines that had a combined marine and railroad heritage at various transportation and railroad museums. This listing does NOT include Diesel engines that are inside of locomotives, only engines that are by themselves in open display in the museum.

Some examples that we are aware of, are listed below:

Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC (Winton 8-201A engine)

B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD (Winton 8-201A engine)

Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL (Winton 8-201 engine)

N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC (EMD 16-567B)

and rather curiously, and much to their credit, the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA (EMD 16-567C engine)

This list includes only engines that are complete, cosmetically restored, and are (or have been) on open accessible floor display. It does not include engines not restored, in storage, or not yet displayed.

If you are aware of other large Diesel engines of marine, industrial, or railroad heritage that are available for public viewing at museums, please drop us an e-mail identifying the museum, location, and engine type, and we will be pleased to list them here. The engines must be at least externally cosmetically restored, and in a museum, where the general public can walk right up to them during normal business hours. Sorry, this page is an effort to help the museums out with attendance, and any engines that are inside ships, tugboats, or Diesel locomotives, as well as engines in warehouses, under tarps, rusting in a field, or in non-public areas don't get a listing here unless and until they are restored and have been put on open display.

Preserved tugs listed separately may provide some opportunities for viewing marine Diesel engines when they are available for tours. For the easiest access to view marine Diesel engines in ships we recommend visiting any of the US Navy fleet subs that are preserved as museum ships (they have Fairbanks Morse or Cleveland Diesel engines), or the Destroyer Escort USS SLATER in the Port of Albany, New York (vessel equipped with Cleveland Diesel Engines). It was also reported to us that the USS NORTH CAROLINA at Wilmington, NC has one Diesel generator room open to the public (vessel has Fairbanks-Morse Engines).

Our thanks to those who have shared their information on Diesel engines currently on display in museums.


It should be noted that there is another entire, hidden world of large Diesel engines that are outdated, decommisioned, and abandoned in the basements of large buildings built in the 1930s and 1940s. This topic is beyond the scope of the TES, but a few members are "Diesel Archaeologists" and are aware of these machines. They sit in silence until the day when the demolition crews arrive to remove the buildings that house them.







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