Mr. Gilbert's Railroad
The Eli Whitney Museum delves into New Haven's past to bring back a special tradition dating back more than 60 years: The AC Gilbert American Flyer Train collection.
At one time more than 3,000 people worked at Gilbert's factory in Fair Haven, and his products shaped imagination for three generations of American children.
Each year the museum lets children run locomotives again.
Display typically begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through mid-January. Check website for details.
Free to view the exhibit. Children may build wooden model trains for $11.