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Nethercutt Collection and Museum

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2015 - 2017.

Nethercutt Collection and Nethercutt Museum sit across the street from one another next to the Merle Norman Cosmetics factory in Sylmar, California. The four-story building that houses the collection dominates the surroundings and can be seen from the I-5 freeway two miles away. The collection is vehicles, furniture, miniatures, mechanical music players, and other smaller items. The museum is a newer one-story building added to house more of the collection. The museum is mostly vehicles and the train behind.

J. B. Nethercutt was born in South Bend, Indiana on October 11, 1913. He moved to Santa Monica in 1923 to live with his aunt Merle Nethercutt Norman. Merle was the founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics and J. B. Later left his studies at the California Institute of Technology to join his aunt's business. J. B. Married his highschool sweetheart, Dorothy Sykes on September 3, 1933 and they remained married until Dorothy's death on October 8, 2004. J. B. Followed on December 6 of the same year.

J.B. and Dorothy became interested in old cars. In 1956, J. B. Purchased two cars and began a meticulous restoration. After 18 months, J.B. won Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (car show) with his restored Du Pont Town Car (both of these cars are still in the collection). By 1992, J. B. had won this prestigious award five more times, six total, more than anyone else. J.B. and Dorothy opened the museum in 1971 featuring J.B.'s cars and music players and Dorothy's miniatures and dolls.

Jack Nethercutt and his wife Helen continue to maintain the collection and Jack keeps a hand in the cosmetics business. They continue to expand the collection and winning car shows.

15151 Bledsoe St.
Sylmar, California 91342

Admission is free

The Collection can only be viewed by reserved tours, call the museum. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Train is only for 15 minutes at 12:30 pm and 3:45 pm.

Exterior to main building.

Doors to main building.
Doors to main building.

Collection of miniatures.

1958 Vespa.

Reproduction of an 1886 Benz.

The second floor.
The second floor.

Organ Pipes.

Exterior of the newer building.

Exterior of the newer building.

Fire engine.
1955 Mercedes-Benz. Model 300 SL "Gullwing" Coupe.

1966 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Touring Limousine.
The 1937 Canadian-Pacific Royal Hudson locomotive #2839 was built in 1937 at the Montreal Locomitive Works, a division of American Locomotive Works (ALCO). The wheel configuration is 4-6-4 meaning four leading wheels, six drive wheels, and four trailing wheels. The locomotive had a large boiler for faster speeds. Top speeds could exceed 90 miles per hour. The lender holds 21 tons of coal and 14,400 gallons of water. The locomotive class was granted "royal" status after impressing H.R.H. King George VI and his wife after a trans-Canadian train journey. This locomotive was retired in 1960 and sold to American investors who used in to pull excursion trains in the South. After the excursions on the Southern Railway ended, it was moved to Pennsylvania for more excursion work but that fell through. The Nethercutt Collection rescued to locomotive from the scrap yard in 1999 and it was restored, completion in 2002. Total length is 90 feet, 10 inches.

Pullman Railcar #100 California was delivered to Clara Baldwin Stocker, eldest daughter of E. J. "Lucky" Baldwin in December 1912. Sister Anita also had her own car. Clara's car had a flexible floor plan and was beautifully furnished. It had a large bedroom and two smaller staterooms, a dining/observation room, and a section for servants. The car was furnished in mahogany and oak wood, many of the windows were leaded glass, it featured polished brass and gold leaf. Length is 82 feet.


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