The distance between railroad rails is 4 feet 8.5 inches.



Try this Train Word Scramble.


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FICTION


Swindled! : The 1906 Journal of Fitz Morgan by Bill Doyle
On board the Continental Express, traveling from New York to San Francisco in 1906, fourteen-year-old amateur detective Fitz and a new friend, Justine Pinkerton, try to unravel a dangerous plot involving disguises, arsenic poisoning, and counterfeit money.

Rodzina by Karen Cushman
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.

The Boxcar Children adapted by Shannon Eric Denton
Four orphans take shelter in an old boxcar during a storm, and, determined to make it on their own, they turn it into a safe, cozy home.

NON-FICTION


Big Book of Trains
Describes the locomotives, cars, tunnels, stations, and functions of such trains as freight trains, channel tunnel trains, bullet trains, mountain trains, and snow trains.

Train by John Coiley
Traces the development of railways from the first Babylonian rutways to the electromagnetic, driverless trains of today, and describes how trains are built and operated.

All Aboard! : A True Train Story by Susan Kuklin
A journey through part of the Colorado Rockies aboard a steam locomotive of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.



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MOVIES


I Love Big Trains [DVD]
A railroad adventure for the entire family.

The Great Train Story. The Magnificent Model Railroad Display at the Museum of Science and Industry [DVD]
This is the Museum of Science & Industry's exhibition on railroading today in America. This panoramic journey between Chicago and Seattle is alive with 34 HO scale trains that traverse the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and the Cascades.



Equipment & Operations Quiz or Amtrak Trivia Quiz from Amtrak
Think you know about America’s trains? Click on “Workshop” to try the Equipment and Operations quiz, or on “Station” to try out the trivia quiz.

Origami Acela, from Amtrak.com
Print out and fold your own origami train car, based on the sleek Acela train, which can go up to 150 miles per hour!

Railroad Repair from PBS Kids
Use your math skills to help you repair the tracks before the train comes through, in this interactive game.

Track Builder, a game from Amtrak’s Kids’ Depot
Click on Station, then on Track Builder. Can you design a track so the train can move from the train depot to Union Station? How fast can you do it?