designed to engage young children’s minds, this video
teaches children all about steam trains—the parts that
make up the whole, and how steam trains work. Lessons in
train safety are a large focus of the video, and are both
responsible and valuable.
Steam Trains, the enthusiastic host, Firefighter
George, takes a group of children on an exciting and
educational train ride, with plenty of stops along the way.
Children learn about the train’s tender, water tower,
boiler dome, throttle, and a whole lot more. Viewers learn
about the fireman’s role on a steam train, watch the
whistle blow, learn that it can take up to one mile to stop
a train, and are cautioned that they should never play on
train tracks or enter tunnels.
Two is dedicated to “older junior engineers”. Engineer
Tim teaches more advanced lessons about how all the controls
work inside of the cab of a steam engine, Firefighter Scott
shows children how he keeps the train safe, and Conductor
Scott talks about his responsibilities. The flap of the
video shows a picture of a steam train with labeled parts
for easy reference.
video offers an exhaustive look at issues surrounding steam
trains--including maintenance, mechanics, train restoration,
and more—through live-action video. It cleverly stars
children who actively answer questions, encouraging young
viewers to participate. Happily, there is an excellent
balance of both girls and boys in the video. Steam Trains is ideal for kids about to embark on a train ride for
the first time, but it’s also an engaging video for just
about any curious child.