Photos by Christian Cook
Scott County Museum
The precision model of the "DeWitt Clinton" locomotive, tender, and three stagecoach style passenger cars were completed over a period of 43 years by Mr. Douglas W. Cox, of Scott County, Kentucky. The original concept for the model was contained in three issues of "Popular Mechanics Magazine" in 1932. Mr. Cox increased the scale of the model to 1/10 of the original size and visited the DeWitt Clinton exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum to obtain more accurate dimensions and details to complete the larger scale model. Working in cast aluminum, brass, hammered steel sheets, and wood, Mr. Cox built every piece of the train from scratch. Making his own patterns and molds, all of the cast aluminum pieces were made, finished, and installed by Mr. Cox. The train was completed in May of 2000.