Rudy Kouhoupt scratch-built dozens of wooden model rail cars to pull behind his scale model steam locomotives. Shown here are most of the rail cars that are included in Rudy’s display at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum.
One of the first large donations to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum was the collection of famed model engine builder Rudy Kouhoupt. After retiring as a chemist, Rudy had a second career building engines and writing magazine articles documenting the process. Many people have built his models, but we have the honor of displaying all of his original prototypes. Rudy’s collection includes scale model engines, locomotives, tractors and more. Additionally, thirteen of Rudy’s model steam engines are hooked up to run on compressed air to demonstrate their function.