How do electric trains get their power? Why can pigeons sit on overhead wires without getting electrocuted? What keeps trains from derailing all the time and how do train brakes work, anyway? The Techlab has answers to all these questions.

Practical learning lab

By conducting different tests, you’ll learn first-hand how everything works. Make a train move by closing the electrical circuit in the right way. Pedal on a bike to experience the energy a train uses or test the resistance of the wheels. Adjust the air pressure by operating the brake lever. And maybe the most fun thing to try: pull on the emergency brake. If you’re having trouble, there are cheat sheets hidden by each experiment.

Train engineering and technology is quite complicated. The activities in the Techlab provide a fun, interactive explanation of how trains work. Your visit will conclude with an exam, proving you’re a real train expert.