You’re never too old to ride the rails. To help you discover (and explore) a few awesome engines, we tracked down the best train museums from coast to coast. Whether you’re a big buff or a little buff, these historic sites, antique collections, and interactive exhibits will keep you clickety-clacking down the track. Flip through the album to see them all.

Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum – Durango, Co

Book a bucolic train ride through majestic mountains along a rambling river, with two free train museums at either end, and you’ve got a road-trip worthy destination for your crew. Both the museums in Durango and Silverton are filled to the brim with historic memorabilia that chronicle the railroad and mining history of the area. Tack on an up-close yard tour in the summer and your education vacation is complete.

Insider Tip: Your conductors-in-training will whistle with delight on the new T-REX express scheduled for several weekends in June. Expect dino digs, tracking adventures and fossilized fun on this one!

Online: durangotrain.com

photo: scott1346 via Flickr

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— Allison Sutcliffe