Museum of Science and Industry

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, East Court
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The Great Train Story model railroad allows you to witness more than 20 trains running on 1,400 feet of track, completing the winding journey between Chicago and Seattle. The trains—passing through the Midwest, the Plains States, the Rockies and the Cascades—are involved in industries as diverse as grain commodities, raw materials for manufacturing, consumer goods for import and export, lumber and tourism. Along the way, you can even help the trains complete their journey with various interactive stations that allow you to help build a mountain tunnel, raise and lower a drawbridge, assist in loading lumber on a train car—and much more!

Learn more about The Great Train Story

Track-Level Video
To celebrate the exhibit's 10th anniversary, we put a camera aboard one of the model trains to explore the scenery in a brand new way.

Maintenance and renewal of The Great Train Story is generously supported by Hub Group.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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