Steam Noir

The Creations of William Wardrop

Outside of the Southern Museum... Day One


The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. The museum offers a wide range of exhibits, including a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers during the Civil War; a reproduction of a turn-of-the-century locomotive factory; and an exciting depiction of the Civil War's Great Locomotive Chase.


This was a big day for me! I had been working on this show for two years and now it was going to happen I was excited and hesitant at the same time.

Unloading the Trailer

The weather was beautiful as we moved the trailer into the museum's storage bay.

Mine! Mine! All Mine!!!!


This was my first view of the huge gallery area was reserved for the show. I hope I've got enough to fill all this space.

Unpacking the Models

Carefully we unpacked all of the inventory to be cataloged for the show. A full inventory list and description had to be made by the museum's curators.


Our first casualty during shipping. One of the model's lead figures smashed through the rigging during the drive down to Georgia. At least we have all the pieces...

Quick Repairs

Overall, the few models that were damaged were easily repaired and made ready for display.

Organized and Ready to Go

It took several hours but the curators potographed and cataloged every piece.

Setting Up the Displays

Joe Waskul in the midst of the meticulous task of hanging dozens of aircraft models in the 'Up in the Air' Display.

Each model in this display area required several strings to suspend it from the rafters.

This is a rare side-view shot of the 'Up in the Air' display showing the hundreds of strings that were barely visable but necessary to hang up all of the aircraft and clouds.

Just about any kind of aircraft could be seen in the 'Up in the Air' exhibit...

One of The Best Day's of My Life!!!!!

The Day the Banner went up.