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General Info

The Southeastern Railway Museum offers a wide variety of opportunities for educational field trips and tours, both Guided and Self Guided, for all ages. We have a small picnic area for our group visitors available on a first come basis.

Guided Tours: Guided tours are best suited for groups of all ages that are seeking a more detailed educational experience. Our tour guides will lead you through each of the exhibits explaining the historical significance while describing what it was like to ride the rails during the Age of Steam. Guided tours are only available by advance reservation with two weeks notice. Tour prices are $7 per child (2-12), $9 per adult, $7 per senior. For school tours, one chaperone is allowed in free of charge per each 8 children. There is a 10 person or $70 minimum for all tours.

If you have any questions or would like to book a tour please please contact the museum's Education Coordinator at 770-495-0253 ext. 2, or the museum's .

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Programs

Group Programs, Field trips, Etc.
Moms Group program, target audience: ages 1-4

Bring your preschoolers and enjoy a fun day at the museum learning about and exploring trains. The program is suited for children ages 1-4 and includes a circle time, songs, activities, craft, and preschool oriented tour through our most popular trains. The program ends with every preschooler’s favorite activity, a train ride aboard our historic cabooses, or coach, (depending on the weather)*. The cost is $10 per participating child. One adult is free per family. There is a 10 child minimum for this program.

To book your mom’s group, email the museum's or call 770-495-0253 ext 2

* Train rides are subject to weather and other conditions outside the museum’s control. Train ride tickets will be given for a later date if the train is unavailable during the tour time.

All Aboard! , target audience: pre-K and Kindergarten Fieldtrip program length: 2 hours, including tour, craft and train ride

This program covers the following Georgia Performance Standards and Gwinnett County Academic Knowledge and Skills:

  • GPS (SKP2), AKS (KSC C2007-10) - Students will investigate different types of motion.
  • GPS (ELAKLSV1), AKS (KLA A-2009-1,3 & 6) - Students use oral and visual skills to communicate.

This program is all about trains!
This program starts with a 45 minute interactive program where children will encircle a model railroad and learn:

  • How a train works
  • What is transported by train
  • Train jobs
  • Whistle, lantern, and flag signals
  • Train safety
  • Do a train craft

Following the interactive program the children will take a 45 minute tour through two historic passenger cars, a steam engine a caboose, a refrigerated car, and others
Lastly the children take a ride on a real train.

Georgia on the Move - target audience Elementary ages Fieldtrip program length: 2.5 hours, including social studies program, science program, activity, tour and train ride.
Teachers may choose to tour more of the museum instead of attending the social studies or science programs.
This program covers the following Georgia Performance Standards and Gwinnett County Academic Knowledge and Skills :
  • GPS (SS2G1>, AKS(2SS_C2008-18-19) - The student will locate major topographical features of Georgia and will describe how these features define Georgia's surface
  • GPS (SS2H1b) - Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, recreation, rights and freedoms)
  • GPS(SS2E1), AKS(2SS_H2008-42)- The student will explain that because of scarcity, people must make choices and incur opportunity costs.
  • GPS(SS2E3), AKS(2SS_H2008-44)-The student will explain that people usually use money to obtain the goods and services they want and explain how money makes trade easier than barter.

Teachers must pick ONE of the following science programs:

  • GPS(S2P1), AKS(2SC_C2007-10)- investigate the properties of matter and changes that occur in obects
  • GPS(S2P2), AKS(2SC_C2007-11)- identify sources of energy and how energy is used
  • GPS(S2P3), AKS(2SC_C2007-12)-demonstrate changes in speed and direction using pushes and pulls

In this program, children are divided into groups and rotate through three different stations:

Social Studies lesson (45 minutes) - The lesson overviews how goods are transported through, into and out of Georgia today. Then the group goes over the give geographic regions of Georgia and their products. The students then must choose a product from their region and are given coins to pay to transport their item through Georgia and overseas. The students must then decide how to transport the item using only the amount of money they are given.

 
Science Lesson (45 minutes)- When the program is booked, the teacher chooses whether they would like the science lesson to cover the properties of matter and their changes of state (which will be covered by discussing steam power), or the sources of energy and how they are used (which will be covered by discussing how trains move). The lesson continues on a ride on an actual train!

 
Tour (45 minutes) - The students will tour historic passenger cars, steam engines, freight cars, kitchen cars, and post office cars. They will see how past Georgians traveled and shipped goods(including mail). The students will also do a quick activity of loading a tender with pretend wood.

Railroads expand America - target audience Elementary ages Fieldtrip program length: 2 hours, including history program, science program,panning for gold, tour and train ride
Teachers may choose to tour more of the museum instead of attending the social studies or science programs.

This program covers the following Georgia Performance Standards and Gwinnett County Academic Knowledge and Skills:

GPS (SS4H6 b), AKS (4SS A2008-11)
Describe the impact of the steamboat, the steam locomotive, and the telegraph on life in America
SS4E1 f
Give examples of technological advancements and their impact on business productivity during the development of the United States (such as the steamboat, steam locomotive, and telegraph).
GPS (Map and Globe Skills 11), AKS (4SS A2008-11)
Compare maps of the same place at different points in time and from different perspectives to determine changes, identify trends, and generalize about human activities.

In this program, children are divided into groups and rotate through three different stations:
History Lesson - (45 minutes)- In this program students will be organized around a giant map of the United States and interact with various artifacts, trains, boats and historic maps and learn:

  • Where railroads went
  • How railroads changed where Americans lived, worked and communicated
  • How railroads impacted the American economy

Science Lesson (45 minutes) - Students will learn how a steam engine works and then watch one work. They will also participate in various experiments on force and motion to discover how a locomotive works. The science lesson continues on the train ride where the instructor continues the lesson by reviewing the forces being acted on to make the train move.  
Tour (45 minutes) - The students will tour historic passenger cars, steam engines, freight cars, kitchen cars, and post office cars. They will interact with a working telegraph at the depot exhibit. Students will also pan for gold; the California gold rush being one of the leading pushes for westward expansion of the United States.

Civil Rights and Movement

Fieldtrip program length: 2 1/2 hours, including interactive tour focused on civil rights, science program, railroad telegraphy, and train ride.

This program covers the following Georgia Performance Standards for 2nd, 5th, and 8th grades:

  • 2nd Grade
  • GPS (SS2H1 a & b)
    Identify the contributions made by these historic figures: Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights); Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms
    GPS (S2P1)
    Students will investigate the properties of matter and changes that occur in object
  • 5th grade
  • GPS (SS5H2 c)
    Explain how slavery was replaced by sharecropping and how African Americans were prevented from exercising their newly won rights; include a discussion of Jim Crow laws and customs.
    GPS (SS5H8 b)
    Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.
    GPS (S5P2)
    Students will explain the difference between a physical and chemical change.
  • 8th Grade
  • GPS (SS8H6 c)
    Analyze the impact of Reconstruction on Georgia and other southern states, emphasizing Freedmen's Bureau; sharecropping and tenant farming; Reconstruction plans; 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the constitution.
    GPS (SS8H7 b)
    Analyze how rights were denied to African-Americans through Jim Crow laws, Plessy v. Ferguson, disenfranchisement, and racial violence
    GPS (S8P1)
    Students will examine the scientific view of the nature of matter.

In this program, children are divided into groups and rotate through three different stations:

Tour of Historic Depot and Building 1 - (45 minutes) - During this tour, students will tour the historic segregated depot and discuss the importance of the cotton trade to the region, and the Jim Crow laws of segregation. The tour will continue to a Pullman Car, and steam engine where the students will discuss the job opportunities that newly freed slaves had versus those that were offered to white people. They will also talk about A. Philip Randolph a civil rights activist who organized the first African American Union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.


Science Lesson (45 minutes) - Students will learn how a steam engine works and then watch one work. They will also participate in various experiments on changing states of matter (such as ice to water to steam in a steam engine) and chemical changes (fuel in a diesel combustion engine). The science lesson then moves onto a train ride where they see how the chemistry and physics they just learned are applied to real life.


African American Inventions and Tour of Building 2 (45 minutes) - The students will enter the exhibit hall and learn about the important inventions of African Americans to railroad technology, including railroad telegraphy, train to train communication, and "The Real McCoy" lubricating cup. The students will learn how to communicate via telegraphy and will try it out. The students will then tour a segregated train car and bus and discuss the civil rights leaders who stood up against "separate but equal" including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Homer Plessy, and Irene Morgan. The tour will conclude in a Mail Car like the one John Wesley Dobbs, Atlanta's prominent African American civic and political leader, worked in for 32 years during the early part of the 20th century.

Second Thursday Pre-School Program
10:30 AM-12:00 noon The Second Thursday of Each Month All Aboard the Southeastern Railway Museum's Preschool Program!

The second Thursday of each month the Southeastern Railway museum will present a new program for children ages 1-4. The program will include circle time, songs, activities, and a craft. When possible, children will get to climb on board the featured vehicle of the month. The cost is $7 per participating child. One adult is free per family. You do not need to sign-up for the program. To attend, check-in at the ticket counter by 10:20 AM on the second Thursday of any month. We can't wait to see you there.

If you have any questions please contact the museum's Education Coordinator at 770-495-0253 extension 2, or the museum's

Schedule Featured Vehicle
Nov 13. 2014 Dump Trucks
Dec 11, 2014 Cement Trucks
Jan 8, 2015 Steam Rollers
Feb 12, 2015 Mail Trucks & RPO cars
Mar 12, 2015 Motorcycles
Apr 9 2015 Cabooses
Home School Open House - Sept 26, 2013

Future Trains
Thursday, September 26th 10am - 1pm

Get on board with homeschooling at the Southeastern Railway Museum. The museum will be hosting an open house for homeschool families. Homeschool families will enjoy a special admission price of $5 per person and FREE TRAIN RIDES!

Trains that go 800 miles per hour, Trains under the Atlantic Ocean, Trains to space, Trains powered by the sun: Come learn about the future of train travel. Participants will become acquainted with, and discover the science behind, the future train concepts of the "Hyperloop," "Vactrain," "Startram," and "Interstate Traveler." This will be an exciting journey into future train technology.

Activities will include a scavenger hunt, hands-on science stations, craft, science lesson, mag-lev racing station, and other educational experiences.
Home educators will receive take home packets for further learning.

Participants MUST pre-register by e-mailing the museum's or calling 770-495-0253 ext.2

Summercamp 2014

Railroad Adventures

Planning has started for another exciting summercamp. Stay tuned for more details to be posted in first quarter 2014.
Dates are ...

  • June 16-20
  • July 21-25

Discover the excitement of railroading at the 2014 Southeastern Railway Museum summer Camp! This year's theme is "Railroad Adventures". Your child will learn how exciting railroading can be while participating in various reenacted railroad adventures, while exploring over 50 historic trains. Each day he will learn about railroading in exceptional circumstances, make a railroad craft, and do related railroad activities. We'll even ride in a real caboose!

Each day the child will rotate with their group through each of these stations:

  • Crafts
  • Activities
  • Learning time
  • Music
  • Snack
  • Story Time
  • Reenactments

Daily Themes:

  • Monday: Extreme Engineering
  • Tuesday: War Trains
  • Wednesday: Circus Trains
  • Thursday: Trains and The Gold Rush
  • Friday: Trains in Extreme Weather

Summer camp will be $165 and we are offering an early bird discount of $20 for registrations prior to May 1. Signup by filling out the registration form and PayPal

Summer Camp 2014
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If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for camp, please contact the museum's Education Coordinator at 770-495-0253 extension 2, or

 

 

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Build Your Own Program

All Build Your Own Visit Programs start at a minimum of 10 people and receive the Basic Program. Additional programming from the list below may be added to your visit for a small additional fee. Programs are tailored specifically for the age and interests of the group. If your group would like to eat at the museum, we can arrange for catered box lunches at the beginning or end of the tour.

Basic Program

Program Length - 2 hours
This program includes a guided tour and generally includes a train ride*. The tour is 1½ hours long and includes an appropriate number of guides who will lead you through each of the exhibits explaining the historical significance while describing what it was like to ride, or work on the rails. The train ride is approximately 15 minutes long. Program prices are $7 per child (2-12), $9 per adult, $7 per senior. For school tours, one chaperone is allowed in free of charge per each 8 children. If you have any questions or would like to book a program please call 770-495-0253 ext. 2, or email the museum's .

*Train rides are subject to weather and other conditions outside the museum's control. Train ride tickets will be given for a later date if the train is unavailable during the tour time.

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For a more in-depth and hands-on experience; add these programs to your visit. Each program is an additional $2 a person. The entire group must pay for the additional programming. Please allot 15 additional minutes to your tour time for each offering

Theater
Presentations
In-Depth Exhibit
Exploration
Hands On Activities
Introductory session with educator Historic Depot Tour Panning for Gold
Terminus, Railroads build Atlanta The RPO, Mail on Rails Loading the Tender
Building the Transcontinental Railroad The Superb, President Harding's
"Voyage of Understanding"
Make Signal Flags & Learn Signals
Pullman and his Porters Telegraph program
The Science Behind Steam Engines

 

 

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