Make Tracks for the Best Train Museums in the Country


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You’re never too old to ride the rails. To help you discover (and explore) a few awesome engines, we tracked down the best train museums from coast to coast. Whether you’re a big buff or a little buff, these historic sites, antique collections, and interactive exhibits will keep you clickety-clacking down the track. Flip through the album to see them all.

Steamtown – Scranton, Pa

This heritage museum is also a National Historic Site. It’s built around a working turntable and roundhouse, and the complex is made up of several museums: history, which follows the timeline of the railroad and the people who worked it, and the technology, which exhibits the gadgets, gizmos, and working parts that make a railroad work. Kids will get a thrill when they see the sectioned steam locomotive, and everyone can take a ride with a park ranger on a real working engine!


photo: Chung Chu via Flickr

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