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The Animal State Express

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The Animal State Express
A Virtual Overnight Experience at the National Railroad Museum

Adventure One: Thursday, January 28, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Adventure Two: Friday, February 26, 2021
6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.


Join the Museum’s education department aboard the Animal State Express, a virtual overnight experience at the National Railroad Museum.

Perfect for children age 3 to 8 years old, they will go on a virtual journey aboard the Animal State Express using ZOOM. The adventure includes a visit to one of the world’s largest steam locomotives, a stop to see the fabled red caboose, storytime,  and crafts they can do at home.

Joining them on the adventure will be a variety of cuddly new friends. These fine furry engineers will take turns driving our train through an adventuresome evening. The next morning you get to visit the Museum and pick up your child’s engineer animal along with a bunch of other goodies.

The Animal State Express  includes:

  • The LIVE program via ZOOM including a tour of parts of the Museum, storytime, crafts, and more.
  • A choice from one of five animal engineers, including Beau B. Bear, Ricky Raccoon, Heidi Hedgehog, Frankie Fox, or Ping Panda.
  • A picture book of their animal engineer’s adventure.
  • Take-home crafts
  • Activity sheets
  • Museum drawstring backpack

For more information or questions about these events, email Bob Lettenberger, education director, at [email protected]


*If you can’t pick up your take-home package, you have the option to pay the shipping fee and have them sent in the mail. Shipping costs vary based on location. Shipping is available only in the United States.



Meet the Animal State Express Engineers:

a teddy bear a large brown teddy bear sitting on top of a stuffed animal a teddy bear a group of stuffed animals a large brown teddy bear sitting on top of a stuffed animal

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