Museum of Transportation


With more than 70 locomotives of nearly every major type, the Museum of Transportation's collection of American rail power is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Visitors can climb aboard many of the locomotives and train cars, including the Union Pacific's "Big Boy." Built in 1941, this locomotive could pull a 5.5-mi.-long train. Further underscoring engineers' importance in the evolution of transportation are the museum's automobiles, buses, streetcars, aircraft, horse-drawn vehicles, and river boat artifacts. The museum, itself, is located on the site of the first manmade railroad tunnels constructed west of the Mississippi River.

Activity Details

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

Fun Fact:The Museum Line Railroad offers visitors rides in a miniature train pulled by a scale replica of the famous 1863 C.P. Huntington steam locomotive. The original C.P. Huntington was built for the Central Pacific Railroad by Danforth, Cooke & Company of Paterson, NJ, in 1863 to help lay track in the creation of the first transcontinental railroad.