Georgia State Railroad Museum

 
A National Historic Landmark since the 1970s, Georgia State Railroad Museum is housed in the former repair shops at Savannah; currently the largest collection of historic antebellum railroad structures in the United States. Explore the history of the Central of Georgia Railway, and even have the opportunity to operate a handcar, explore historic railcars, and take a short guided ride on a train powered by a steam or diesel locomotive; this ride takes groups around the Museum grounds on several tracks, and on a fully-functioning turntable. Educational programs can teach groups about the railroad's history and historical significance. Group rates are available.
 
Contact Info
Address: 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401. Chatham County.
Tel: 912-651-6823.
Hrs: Mon.-Sun. 9AM-5PM.
 
SCHOOL
Students can learn about the history and social impact of one of the first railroads in Georgia. Along the way, they can explore steam power, the operation of the railroad, and how later modes of transportation affected the railroad. Students can also see machinery demonstrations, as well as have a hand car ride or tour the railcars at the Museum. For groups interested in exploring STEM, additional activities and even a focused STEM program are also available. Learn about smokestacks and steam power, as well as Bernoulli’s principle. Ask about adding a train ride to your group’s visit.
 
Contact Info
Name: Megan Cox.
Phone: 912-312-4155.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-8th.
Group Size: Min. 25 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: n/a.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Science, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th-century history, economics, industry, physics, transportation.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can explore the history of the railroads, and learn what life was like in 19th-century Georgia. They can tour the repair shops and see exhibits on the construction, operation, and expansion of the railroads. Boy Scouts can also complete the Railroading merit badge through a 3-hour program, where they will learn about railroad safety and communication, and the types of railroad revenue and railcars past and present. Girl Scouts can learn about how industrialization changed the lives of Americans, including girls and women. Ask about adding a train ride to your group’s visit.
 
Contact Info
Name: Megan Cox.
Phone: 912-312-4155.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 10-25 scouts (varies per program).
Program Type:
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff:
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Science, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th-century history, economics, industry, social history, transportation.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can learn about the railroad with a hands-on history or STEM program. In addition to a tour of some of the railcars at the museum, they may get to see demonstrations of machinery and steam power, have a hand car ride, learn about the repair shops, or explore how later forms of transportation affected the railroad. Ask about adding a train ride to your group’s visit.
 
Contact Info
Name: Megan Cox.
Phone: 912-312-4155.
Email: mcox@chsgeorgia.org.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-8th.
Group Size: Min. 25 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: n/a.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: n/a.
Cost: Fee.
Title I or Financial Support: n/a.
Accessible To: n/a
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Science, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 19th-century history, economics, industry, physics, transportation.