As an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit, NCR is the first tourist railroad to offer a STEAM Program.
We provide hands on S.T.E.A.M. learning activities for visitors to enjoy on the train, during a train stop, or at home. And all of the activities are train related.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math are the five subjects of the learning practice that encourage our youth riders to think critically and create an open dialogue.
"All Aboard" Starts with A
NCR’s children’s alphabet book about our railroad, trains in general, the history and science of trains, and how trains offer youngsters so many engaging learning opportunities. We hope you and your children enjoy “All Aboard!” Starts with A. It’s an enchanting ride through an equally enchanting landscape. There’s a profusion of learning, a multitude of adventures, and an abundance of discoveries along the way.
Written by Anthony D Fredericks and illustrated by Phyllis Disher Fredericks.
Available in our gift shop.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Train Book That Could! Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2021
This delightful ABC book about trains (specifically the Northern Central Railway -NCR- of York, Pennsylvania) is chock-full of facts and information that will appeal to train lovers of all ages. The author, Anthony Fredericks, offers simple rhymes for each letter of the alphabet, with further explanations and facts given at the bottom of each page, about such things as steam engines, diesel locomotives, train museums, the Younger Gang (who robbed trains), and what you’ll experience on an excursion aboard the NCR. There are also open-ended questions for the reader to contemplate, making this an interactive experience for read-aloud. Additional history and fascinating facts as well as S.T.E.A.M. activities are explained at the end. Captivating and colorful illustrations complete the overall charm, making this a welcome addition to any train lover’s printed collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Alphabet Book Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
This alphabet book is a true bargain – it is chock-full of information about trains. Moreover, it encourages a dialogue between the adult reader and the child listener, as it asks the participants to think creatively. Five stars!!
Meet NCR's Education Coordinator, Dr. Fredericks
Dr. Anthony D. Fredericks is Professor Emeritus of Education at York College of Pennsylvania (York, PA) where he taught both teacher education and writing courses. He is the author of more than 160 books – an eclectic array of both adult non-fiction and children’s books. Some of his most popular adult trade books include Writing Children’s Books: Everything You Need to Know From Story Creation to Getting Published, The Secret Life of Clams: The Mysteries and Magic of Our Favorite Shellfish, and Ace Your First Year Teaching. His award-winning children’s books include Desert Night, Desert Day, A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet, and Tall Tall Tree.
“We are beyond excited to launch the S.T.E.A.M. program at NCR. It has been a long-term goal of the organization since the beginning and here we are with the help of Dr. Fredericks. Our mission here at NCR is to enhance the economic engine of York County by delivering a historical, educational, and entertaining experience. The S.T.E.A.M. program is our next phase of expanding our educational offering. We hope to grow this program into virtual learning opportunities along with safe hands activities on the train, and summer camps by 2021.”
– Michael Patrick, Board President