All Aboard!

All aboard… ready for the train to go.

Two days this week we went to train museums.  The first time was a model train museum.  It was great to see Ian’s excitement in looking at all of the small trains that were going around the tracks!

“Look Mommy, they are chugging,” he said.  There also was a room to play with Thomas trains as well as toy trains which went all over the tracks.  Again, fascination with the scenes that were depicted, seeing if it was freight train or passenger train, and finding the caboose.

The second museum was real trains.  The life-size ones that are being refurbished and are huge.  The photos included in the blog are from that museum.

We were able to walk through a post office car, an engine, a train car, and a caboose.  Ian was in awe and in hog heaven!  He kept saying, “Mommy, that looks like the train in the video (from the library).”

As I hope you can see in the above photo from the smile on his face, Ian was quite pleased to be up high in the caboose.  We saw the wood-burning stove, the beds, and a table where the train employees would work, eat, and sleep.

The train cars that we walked through were made of beautiful wood, stained glass windows, and plush seats.  The museum staff which has been refurbishing them has been quite busy and have done great work!

Seeing Ian’s fascination with the big and small trains was a lot of fun and made for a memorable week!

It is something to think about the fact that people used to ride on trains as the main form of transportation.  They would go for days on a trip that now takes several hours on an airplane.

I wonder what it must have been like to travel across the country by train?  I can just imagine the adventures and items that one would see along the way.

Have you traveled this way?  I’d love to hear from you.

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