National Railroad Museum


The world's first "modern" railroad dates back to 1825, when an English steam locomotive began hauling freight and passenger cars on a regular schedule. From that point on, the social, economic, technological, and military history of the world has borne the imprint of the railroads--and of the mechanical engineers whose technological innovations enabled the industry to evolve over the centuries. This museum's hands-on, interactive displays and superb collection of more than 75 pieces of rolling stock (many of which are restored and operable) provide visitors with new insights into the history and significance of railroading.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In 1955, General Motors introduced a 100 mph passenger train. The Aerotrain had air suspension, new electrical technology, coaches made from Greyhound bus bodies, and a tail car resembling the back of a '55 Chevy Nomad station wagon. Sad to say, the lightweight cars and air suspension amplified every bump, almost beating the passengers to death.