Baloo's Bugle

August 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 1
September 2007 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Express
Webelos: Citizen & Communicator
Tiger Cub


Railroad Museums & Events:

Utah National Parks Council  click on your state for a good listing; also check on local events or Chamber of Commerce website, events listing in local newspapers, and with your local reference librarian.  click on a region to find a model railroad club or model railroad museum in your area links to various types of railroads, bridges, tunnels, stations and depots, freight or passenger railroads; click on tourist trains or narrow gauge for links to specific railroads


California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento – August 31-Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend – Old Sacramento reverts to Gold Rush Days, including dirt streets and steam excursion trains.  Railroad Museum open all year, special steam excursion train rides on special dates throughout the year.  Golden Spike National Historic Site – Promontory Point, Utah – virtual tour of site of completion point of transcontinental railroad. Also a teacher’s site and great kid’s games, crafts, fun facts and great trivia information about the building of the railroad   Saturday, August 12 – Railroader’s Festival – FREE – handcart rides, games, music, living history.  (435) 471-2209


National Toy Train Museum – Strasburg, Pennsylvania


Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania – Saturday Sept. 8, Railroad Family Day and reservations only Hogwarts Express parties for kids; recording artist Jim Rule performs at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Exhibits, handouts. More than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, the outdoor Restoration Yard—conditions permitting—Stewart Junction interactive railway education center, Steinman Station early 20th century replica passenger depot, hands-on freight engine cab simulator, a railroad bridges gallery exhibit and museum store.

Tennessee Central Railroad Museum, Nashville – also operates various excursion trains throughout the year, such as Mystery, Fall Foliage, Christmas, varying lengths, prices. Museum also  and “Day Out with Thomas & Friends” on Sept 1-2 and 8-9 or (615) 244-9001

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan August 13  Free train rides on historic train, activities, crafts.  Coupon savings at  Call (313) 982-6001 or (800) 835-5237   Special Macy’s Second Monday events every month.


Other Good Train Websites

Alice, Golden Empire Council

Operation Lifesaver for Kids  

Teaches safety information for preventing accidents around trains, railway operations, and railroad tracks. Features the Look, Listen, and Live activity book and pages, and a list of videos and DVD as well as other handout items.  website to order items from Operation Lifesaver, such as coloring books, wristbands, bumper stickers, zipper pulls, key tags, videos


Railroad Safety Kids Korner -
Train safety quiz for kids teaching about being safe around trains and railroad tracks  Great source of clip art, including railroad cars and stock, people, signs, structures and buildings, heralds (logos)  Union Pacific info, fun facts Links to various railroad general info.   Information about passenger train schedules, stations, special arrangements for handicapped, interactive route atlas, information about how to read and use schedules and timetables.  Click on Whistle Stop at the bottom of the page; go to Amtrak and the Environment and find out how to calculate your carbon footprint/comparison between auto, plane, and train.  find a trail created from a railroad, help maintain a trail – listings all over the United States and Canada

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