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National Railroad Museum gears to educate youth


It is a bit ironic that in a room full of enormous locomotives at the National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay, the sound you're most likely to hear is quite different. 

It is the pitter patter of small feet, and the excitement of young children that abounds amid the towering trains proudly displayed.

"They get into the environment and learning about trains begins and it is just a fascinating situation for everybody," museum Director of Education Bob Lettenberger told Newsline 9. 

Lettenberger calls his job working with the trains on display as a "treat."  And it is a treat that incorporates some interesting pieces of nostalgia.

On display in the museum includes a Pullman sleeper car, a vital piece of the unionization efforts of African-American train workers during the Civil Rights movement.

Though the pieces on display are intriguing, Lettenberger says they unleash a wealth of interesting stories about national and Wisconsin history.  

"For a while there was actually a situation where if you took a train south of Milwaukee, at the state line you had to get off and then get onto a train that was on the Illinois side of the border.  So the rivalry goes way back between us and the folks in Illinois," Lettenberger said. 

Museum admission for adults is $9, with reduced prices for seniors and children.  For more information about the museum follow this web address:

Watch the included Web Extra for a full explanation on why the Congressionally-designated National Railroad Museum was chosen to be in Green Bay. 

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