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The Transcontinental Railroad: From Horses to Horsepower

4th and 5th Grades Only

Just how do you drill a hole in solid granite in the 1860s? How many men did it take to build the western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad? From what nation did the majority of the workers come? How much were they paid? These and other interesting questions are answered in our 50-minute, hands-on interpretive program, Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad.

Students are given the opportunity to try their hand at drilling a hole in granite, driving a railroad spike, and meeting people who explain what it was like to ride across the United States on the Transcontinental Railroad more than 125 years ago.

The Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad Program is suitable for Grades 4 and 5 only, and is run by California State Railroad Museum staff and docents dressed in period attire.

Group Size
10 person minimum with a maximum of 45

Adult Supervision Requirement
1 adult for every 10 students

This program is presented within the CA State Railroad Museum. Please assemble at the School Group Entrance located on the east side of the Museum on 2nd street.

City parking lot, under I-5, enter from I street under the freeway. City parking charges apply.

Fall 2017 Cost is $125.00  per reservation.
Spring 2018 Cost is $175.00  per reservation.