Choo-Choos for You

Clickety-clack, down the track, faster, faster goes the train. Puff, puff, toot, toot, off we go. Grab a train book and settle in for story time where excitement waits around every bend.

The sing-song rhythms and cheery toots of old time trains have always fascinated boys and girls. There's so much excitement with a train. It might bring the circus to town, carry families on a special trip, or take bushels of produce to big cities.

We have many train books in the library. Thomas the Tank Engine, the Little Engine that Could, the Polar Express--the gang's all here. Reserve them for your little engineers with their very own library cards--terrific tickets to worlds of adventure. Click on Just Choo-Choos to find terrific train books in the library.

Below you will find places to go that are family friendly and all about trains, as well as games to play online and ideas for train-themed birthday party. All aboard for fun with trains!

Clickety-Clack on the Web

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
http://www.borail.org/
Climb aboard historic engines and cars in the roundhouse and visit the Outdoor Train Platforms. See more than 50 engines in the Smithsonian Railroad Model Collection. This museum has hands-on activities for children, a family activity area, a wooden train play set, and their Iron Horse Cafe and picnic area.

Burke Lake Park
http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/burkelake/rides.htm
The little train at Burke Lake Park is quite a treat for young engineers. It runs through the park at a quick clip. A carousel, ice cream parlor, min golf, and picnic tables add to the fun possibilities. Burke Lake Park is located off of Rt. 123 in Fairfax County.

The Kids' Site of Canadian Trains
http://www.collectionscanada.ca/trains/kids/index-e.html
Canada is famous for her trains. Here is a history of how the Canadian railroads were constructed. Some of the history will appeal mainly to older train enthusiasts, although the sections Building a Railway and Special Trains (imagine going to school inside a train!) will be interesting to young ones as well.

The Lancaster Toy and Train Collection (The Children's Museum of Virginia)
http://www.childrensmuseumva.com/trains.html
Mr. Lancaster and his wife donated over $1 million worth of trains to the Children's Museum of Virginia, located in Portsmouth. The train collection takes up much of the second floor. Some trains are in display cases, but there are four working layouts to behold. The museum also has a planetarium, a bubble room, a hands-on science circus, and more.

"The Little Engine That Could" (online bedtime story)
http://members.tripod.com/ah_coo/engine_that_could.htm
Stuck for a bedtime story? This classic tale of positive thinking never goes out of fashion.

The Official Thomas the Tank Engine Web Site
http://www.hitentertainment.com/thomasandfriends/
Build an engine, test your memory, go on a journey through Sodor, or try to win a race! This site also has wallpapers for your computer, eCards, really useful screen savers, coloring pages, and mini posters. Click on Engine Depot to learn about all of the engines on the island of Sodor.

Train Party for Kids
http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/party.train_classic.htm
Clever ideas for a low cost, preschooler-friendly party.

The Virginia Railway Express
http://www.vre.org
Why not make a trip to D.C.'s museums a happy one for your little engineer? Our local commuter rail is quite kid-friendly. Children six and under may ride for free when traveling with an adult! Passengers under 21 travel at half price. Each December, VRE runs a series of wildly popular Santa trains to thrill young ones.