Iconic photo by Joe Rosenthal showing the raising of the United States flag over Iwo Jima.

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 and transportation. Learn with us!

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.

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Playlist: Trains

Catch That Train!Dan ZanesCatch That Train
The Children on the Train (feat. Gerry Paul & Rainbow Rosalind)Levity Beet & Mr RoberelliThe Children on the Train (feat. Gerry Paul & Rainbow Rosalind) - Single
Steam TrainThe Mighty BuzzniksBug Out
I Never Rode the RailroadsJohn WInfield BlakeWe're Not Kidding! a Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar
Ride My BikeTom PaxtonI've Got a Yo-Yo
Take the L Train (To Brooklyn)Brooklyn Funk EssentialsCool and Steady and Easy
The Itsy Bitsy Spider Took the 'A' TrainThe Big Kidz BandIndian Elephant Tea (Special Edition) [feat. Skip Ewing]
Freight TrainDavid Grisman & Jerry GarciaNot for Kids Only
Freight Train (Reloaded)Hey DubyFreight Train (Reloaded) - Single
When the Train Comes AlongDavid HoltI Got a Bullfrog
Train SongBari KoralAnna and the Cupcakes
Last TrainSerge QuadradoUrban
Train Across UkraineGolemCitizen Boris
Flute FleetPodington BearWoodwinds
New River TrainThe Laurie Berkner BandLaurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs
A Peanut Sat On a Railroad TrackMusic for Little People Choir100 Toddler Favorites, Vol. 1
All AboardThe BeatbudsThe BeatBuds, Vol. 1 (Remastered)
Choo ChooPhreddUkulele Bundle of Joy
Fast Train to Grandma'sFrances EnglandFamily Tree

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