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Transportation

H.A.T.S.

Transportation

The class begins near the Static Train Display with a discussion of transportation on the Overland Trails and the meaning of the terms transportation and migration. The class then moves into the Gus Fonner Memorial Rotunda where they discover how the harness and the ox yoke are used to connect the horse or the ox to plows or wagons. The class then moves to Railroad Town where various wagons are viewed, and their unique parts - tongues verses shafts, brakes, leaf springs and wheels are compared. The class then moves from animal power to steam power with a visit to the rail yards in Railroad Town. The jobs of railroad employees, including the Station Master, Engineer, Fireman, Conductor and Brakeman are examined as the Depot and the Caboose are explored. The class ends with students learning how to operate the hand car on the rails.

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