Trains at Smithsonian Station

Pack your bags and take a trip on the many rails throughout our collections. These trains hail from all over the country and across the globe, traveling over artists’ canvasses and through the mail. Learn more about trains in America on the Move at the National Museum of American History. In 2019, the Smithsonian marks the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad beginning May 10 with a series of displays, programs, a symposium, and online resources that tell new stories and bring little-known history to light, ranging from forgotten immigrant Chinese laborers to the complex legacy of America’s railways. While you are reading, enjoy a Train Tracks: A Transcontinental Railroad Playlist from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.