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This time on The Children’s Hour we get onboard and learn about trains. The Kids Crew went on a field trip to The WHEELS Museum of Albuquerque, and discovered the rich history of railroads. Learn with us! Broadcasting June 5 to 11, 2023 on nearly 150 radio stations across the United States and worldwide.

Several kids on our Kids Crew went to the WHEELS Museum of Albuquerque to learn more about trains and transportation. Genevieve, Cade, Corbit, Kodiak, Max, Thorfin, and Gareth spoke with WHEELS volunteers about their work, what the museum does, and how trains came to be our main form of transportation of goods in the world. 


Train technology is much older than we expected. The original tracks were made of wood, and were built in Germany in the 1500’s to help horse drawn carriages navigate dirt roads. Those same tracks have become the foundation for express trains today which can go over 200 miles per hour!

But the fastest trains in the world are in China, and can go over 260 miles per hour. The United States has not yet invested in high speed rail systems. It’s about time, don’t you agree?

Want to learn a lot more about trains? Visit the DK Kids website on Trains to learn more!

Katie Stone is The Children’s Hour Executive Producer, our Senior Producer is Christina Stella. Eli Henley produced our Kids Crew segments recorded at the Wheels Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Children’s Hour is produced at the solar powered Sunspot Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many thanks to the parents who chaperoned, and Leba at WHEELS Museum for the excellent adventure in field recording had by our Kids Crew.

©2023 The Children’s Hour Inc.

Playlist: Trains

Catch That Train!Dan ZanesCatch That Train2006 Festival Five Records
The Children on the Train (feat. Gerry Paul & Rainbow Rosalind)Levity Beet & Mr RoberelliThe Children on the Train (feat. Gerry Paul & Rainbow Rosalind) - Single2021 Levity Beet
Steam TrainThe Mighty BuzzniksBug Out2011 Jamie Saxe
I Never Rode the RailroadsJohn WInfield BlakeWe're Not Kidding! a Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar2009 Snail Sounds/Rainbow Morning Music/ Barry Louis Polisar
Ride My BikeTom PaxtonI've Got a Yo-Yo2019 Pax Records
Take the L Train (To Brooklyn)Brooklyn Funk EssentialsCool and Steady and Easy1994 Dorado Records
The Itsy Bitsy Spider Took the 'A' TrainThe Big Kidz BandIndian Elephant Tea (Special Edition) [feat. Skip Ewing]2010 Write! Records
Freight TrainDavid Grisman & Jerry GarciaNot for Kids Only1993 Acoustic Disc
Freight Train (Reloaded)Hey DubyFreight Train (Reloaded) - Single2020 Powerplay Productions Ltd
When the Train Comes AlongDavid HoltI Got a Bullfrog1994 High Windy Audio
Train SongBari KoralAnna and the Cupcakes2012 Loopytunes
Last TrainSerge QuadradoUrban2019 DDmyzik
Train Across UkraineGolemCitizen Boris2009 JDub Records
Flute FleetPodington BearWoodwinds2014 HUSH
New River TrainThe Laurie Berkner BandLaurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs2015 Kidz Bop Enterprises LLC. Distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc., Marketed by Razor & Tie Recordings. Distributed by Concord.
A Peanut Sat On a Railroad TrackMusic for Little People Choir100 Toddler Favorites, Vol. 12008 Music For Little People
All AboardThe BeatbudsThe BeatBuds, Vol. 1 (Remastered)2018 BeatBuds Media, LLC
Choo ChooPhreddUkulele Bundle of Joy2022 Phredd
Fast Train to Grandma'sFrances EnglandFamily Tree2008 Paper Bird Records

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