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Sunday, July 31, 2011

All Aboard - Amtrak's 40th

train collageGrenville and grandson Bobby visited the Providence RI train station, a stop for the Amtrack 40th anniversary exhibit train.

IMG_0196Amtrak assembled a special train to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The train is making 23 stops from Washington, DC to Portland, Oregon from May through October. Here’s the full schedule of all its stops.

The train contains displays of photos, uniforms, seating, china, and memorabilia from “America’s Railroad” and also presents a look into the future of railroad travel.

exhibits collageuniforms collageYes, these horns can all be “tested” and Bobby tried them all.

horns collageThere’s also a special play train area for kids OR grandkids . . .

Huffington CollageHardest part was convincing the grandpa-Bobby0730
grandson that it was time to leave . . . (lots of folks had similar “problems”)

15 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I think I was last on a train about 35 years ago, and only then because we had car problems.

We had a scenic trip planned eight years ago and travelled a long way to get there. Unfortunately, the train had been shut down that day due to track maintenance. The good news is that it was only part of the trip and that we had planned on going further. Otherwise, it would have been especially frustrating.

Out on the prairie said...

I love riding on trains. I rode a few steam engines when my grandfather took me to the switchyards.My family moved to Iowa aboard the Rock Island Rocket in the erly 60's complete with the family dog. I have Amtrak in my town, a reason I moved here.

Lois Evensen said...

What a really fun exhibit! And, it's so much fun to enjoy it with the grandson, isn't it. He'll remember that forever.

Montanagirl said...

Great post - We have a grandson who is an avid train lover and has many train sets, with the emphasis on "many"!! lol

Scott said...

That's my kind of museum. My father's career was with the railroad as a brakeman and conductor. I have a special place in my heart for trains etc. Love that last shot.

Sandra said...

I like that second shot of the train, cool. would love to see all this for real with my own eyes.

Diana said...

How wonderful. I too would have enjoyed the horns.. looks like fun! Diana

Daisy said...

Sounds like a neat exhibit and a great place to make some memories with your grandson. :)

Country Gal said...

There is a train that travels across Canada and I still havent been on it, one day I will make a train trip ! Awesome photos and post looks like fun !

Elaine said...

How great for Grenville and Bobby to share their love of trains, and that they were able to ride the steam train and then see the Amtrack exhibit. Love the last photo! I hope there weren't any tears--we all know how much Grenville likes his trains.

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

What a great trip. My grandfather had a record album of old train whistles. It was so weird to hear it playing at top top volume. Sounded like traines running right through the house!

possum said...

I am glad Bobby was able to get Grenville out of there.
Last time I took a little one anyplace (VA Marine Science Museum) we had to carry her out, screaming and kicking. sigh. They say it happens a lot.
It is great when grandparents can share with the little ones.

*Honest Abe said...

The clickety clack of the steel wheels on the rails puts me to sleep instantly.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Everyone for the comments and sharing your interest in trains. If the Amtrak 40th Anniversary train happens to be in a city near any of you it is worth a trip to see; admission is FREE too. Grenville is hinting (strongly) about us getting an Amtrak rail pass and travelling cross-country, perhaps nest year? Maybe we will have a chance to meet some fellow bloggers as well. Combined with the train adventure that would be a FUN experience!

AC, too bad that your years-ago planned scenic ride turned out to be a no-go.
STEVE, that must have been some experience, moving on a train.
Hi LOIS, MONA, & DAISY, grandson Bobby liked the horns exhibit the best! And, DIANA, I blew them all as well.
MONA, if he could, Grenville would set up train exhibits in our home as well. How old is your grandson?
Thanks SCOTT, your dad's career must have been exciting to you as a child. The last shot is my favorite too, Scott & Elaine!
SANDRA, maybe the anniversary train will be near your home?
Hey ELAINE (Country Girl), Grenville has mentioned rail travel in Canada...maybe one day you will get to take that ride.
ELAINE, no tears from either grandson or grandpa!
Hi DEBBIE, bought Bobby a toy train whistle and already his mother is tired of hearing it, an album would really ban us from taking him to a train exhibit!
Yes, POSSUM, we managed to get both Bobby & Grenville out OK.
ABE, geat way to go to sleep!

L. D. Burgus said...

Oh what fun that visit had to be. I would have had to be drug away from the train myself. That is a cute photo.

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