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Elmo's World
Written by Judy Freudberg
Book Wheels!
Video Elmo Wonders
First Appearance
Episode 3840

Picture Segment Description
Guess what Elmo's thinking about today? Drawer, Shade, and Door make transportation sounds, such as an airplane zooming by, a train's horn, and a truck's horn. Elmo at first calls these "things that take you places" and a train pushes in to make an impression on the door of itself.
Dorothy's Question Dorothy wants to know how you go places.
The Noodle Family Mr. Noodle tries rowing in a canoe on the floor. Since he doesn't have any water, he gears up to go skateboarding.
Kids and Baby Kids ride a tricycle, a wheelchair and rollerblades and a baby gets around in a baby carriage.
Elmo's Question Elmo counts the wheels on a car. There are four, plus a steering wheel. The car pulls away doing a wheelie.
Quiz Elmo asks yes/no questions to determine what else can take you places. Cows can't unless you're a bird. Birthday cakes can't, but you can ride a bike to a birthday party. Space ships can - to the moon. Big Bird can't unless he has a wagon.
Film Elmo's friend Mark and his mother ride a train to visit his grandfather, underscored with "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "Down By the Station." (Cut from the DVD release due to music rights).
TV Cartoon The Transportation Channel has the Lecture Lady present a story about a girl who rides various forms of transportation, such as a bus, a train, a plane, a camel, etc. Coming up next: My Mother the Car.
Interview Elmo talks to an Airplane and explains how planes work and how they need a pilot to fly them.


Tickle Me Land Dorothy imagines Elmo piloting a plane (underscored in the broadcast version with the Peanuts theme; replaced on DVD with an instrumental version of the "Sesame Street Theme"), as an engineer driving a train full of Elmos (underscored with "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"; also replaced on DVD), and Elmo rowing a boat and singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
Home Video Ernie pretends to fly around like an airplane.
Song Elmo sings "The Transportation Song," singing the final lyric as "In a one-horse open sleigh!" noting said sleigh is another mode of transportation.


  • This segment debuted in season 30 and was in rotation with other Elmo's World episodes until season 32 (2001) when the segment last aired. It was the only Elmo's World segment to not be included on any video release until 2016's Elmo Wonders.
  • The train featured in the film segment was a Long Island Rail Road train headed by an EMD MP15AC, with an EMD GP38-2 at the rear, bracketing PT 75 coaches, which were former electric multiple units that were de-motored. By the time the sketch last aired, these rolling stock had been retired from regular passenger service.