The Train Factory exhibit is temporarily closed.
How often do you get the chance to climb aboard a 350-ton Baldwin steam locomotive? Imagine yourself as the engineer of this massive engine in our simulated train factory. You’ll feel the heat of the steam and hear the sounds of the machines as you learn about the science and technology of trains. Learn firsthand how steam and coal powered the first locomotives and discover how diesel, electricity, and magnetic levitation are used to power modern day locomotives to travel longer distances at greater speeds.
This is an authentic learning opportunity for exploring physical science concepts like energy, pressure, friction, and magnetic force. Look for simple machines in the workings of the complex design of the steam locomotive. With propulsion provided by steam, the states of matter are also on vivid display. All aboard! Next stop: The Train Factory!
Things to Do and See in The Train Factory
Be an Engineer on the Massive Baldwin 60000 Locomotive
All aboard! Steam is building and rising from the top of the Baldwin 60000 Locomotive. It’s ready to leave the station. Next stop: Learning!
Design a Train
Get creative and choose a train style to decorate, add power, and decide where you want it to go. Watch your train in action and then email your creation home!
See Magnetic Forces in Action
Experiment with magnets and see their push and pull force live on screen in this new interactive that uses augmented reality technology.
Discover How Steam Engines Work
Control the flow of steam to make your engine chug.
Keep the Train Wheels Running Right on Track
Investigate the effect of wheel shape on how well a train travels.