Earnest Warther's Steam Locomotive Carvings

by Ken Humphreys

One of the most unique museums in the country for railroad buffs is not a museum of railroadiana. Rather is it a museum of incredibly detailed carvings done in ebony, ivory, and various woods. Located at 331 Karl Avenue, Dover, Ohio (just off Exit 83 of I-77) is Warther Carvings. Earnest "Mooney" Warther was a master carver and this museum proudly displays his work. Most prominent are the very detailed scale model carvings which he made of various steam locomotives. The museum grounds also display some prototype railroad equipment, a variety of other types of carvings, a garden, and other items but the locomotives are what steals the show. This attraction is listed in the American Automobile Association's Ohio TourBook as a "Gem", a "Point of Interest Offering a Great Experience..." and that it is. The photos below show a caboose and tank locomotive on the grounds of the museum and a number of the locomotive carvings. Most of the carvings are about G-scale or larger and were made by Warther for the New York Central Railroad. The carvings are kept in glass cases so some of the pictures show a small amount of reflection from the glass.

Click on each image below to see its full sized version. Hit your back button to return and view the next photo. All images are copyrighted by Ken Humphreys, September 2004

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad caboose #C 2122 on the grounds of the Warther Museum
A small narrow gauge tank engine at the Warther Museum
Ebony and ivory carving of the 1893 "Empire State Express", engine #999
Wooden carving of NYC&HR locomotive 7110, "The Limited"
Two photos of an ebony and ivory carving of a Great Northern Railway 4-8-4 #2577 built by Baldwin in 1930
Ebony and ivory carving of a Baldwin Triplex 2-8-8-8-2 Mallet built for the Erie Railroad in 1913
Ebony and ivory carving of New York Central Railroad "Hudson" loco built in 1927 by American Locomotive Co.
Ebony and ivory carving of a Baltimore & Ohio streamlined steam locomotive
Wood and ivory carving of Union Pacific Railroad "Big Boy" 4-8-8-4 built in 1941 by American Locomotive Works.
Wood carving of the CCC&StL "20th Century Flyer"

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