All Aboard! Take an imaginary journey on a locomotive. You'll have everything you need for a fun trip. You can buy tickets, schedule your departure, operate the train, and build or repair a track.

Pretend play helps children process the world in their own way, develop their large and small muscles, and practice important thinking skills. In Bessie's House you will find printed copies of our Exploration Learning Guide for parents and caregivers, a resource of prompts and suggestions to support play and explorations that build literacy skills, foster creative thinking, practice simple math skills, promote social-emotional skills, and make observations about how the world works. You can also review and print the Guide here online prior to your visit, and/or after your visit for ideas for post-visit activities and conversations that reinforce learning: Exploration Learning Guide | Bessie's House.

In this Exhibit

a father and two children play inside a large train engine

You are the conductor, where will you go?  Put coal in the shute, ring the bell, and check the dials --the train must leave on time!

two boys pretend to tell their father train tickets at a ticket window
Ticket Window

Will you take the 2:18 Commuter Train or the 4:23 Express Train? Buy and sell tickets at the ticket window, but don't be late for your train!

 a boy kneels to play at a train table
Train Table

This multi-level custom table allows you to surround yourself with train tracks of your own design!