I grew up a few hundred feet from railroad tracks. There was and still is a railroad museum that was just down the road from my childhood home. I spent a lot of time there climbing all over the old Steam Engine and boxcars. One of my favorite things about the museum was the HO scale layout they had inside. It was complete with mountains, tunnels, towns, people, animals and everything else that made it look so real. I could spend hours just watching the trains run their course over and over again.
Most of what I know about trains has to do with carrying freight. The one thing that always intrigued me was actually traveling by rail. Every once in a while a series of passengers cars would come through town. I thought this was the neatest thing. The passenger cars looked old. It was if I had stepped back in time. I guess in away, I did. I remember wanting to be one of those people on the train. I didn’t even care where they were going. I just wanted to ride. I have yet to take a long train ride. I did however take a short passenger train ride when my youngest son was into Thomas the Train. We actually took that short ride at the museum where these photos were taken. Every year they have a Thomas the Train event for kids. I was probably as excited as my son, lol. My wife and I have discussed taking a train ride one of these days. I hope we plan one soon. Until then, I will keep romanticizing about rail travel.
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