A Day With Trains

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The little boy was striding along the sidewalk. His parents and his sister followed close behind. He stopped when he reached me.

“We are going to see Thomas!” he declared looking up.

I smiled.

“Yes. I know,” I replied. “He will be back in about 20 minutes.”

It was Saturday, September 20th, 2014. I was walking back to my car after watching the trains for a couple of hours at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum. In the morning, I had checked their web site to see if they were still open. They often have a steam engine pulling the excursion trains on Saturday. I would like to see the steam engine. What I found out from the web site was that Thomas the Tank Engine would be spending the day there! I was almost as excited as the children who came to see Thomas and ride the train.

It was a fun day. Thomas the Tank Engine is bright blue. He smiles. He made me smile. Many of the happy and excited children were wearing Thomas the Tank Engine t-shirts. This was a big day for them! There was a hay bale maze, a magician, food carts, and a covered tent with tables and chairs.

Each hour, Thomas the Tank Engine spent 30 minutes posing for photographs with the children and then the train went on a 30 minute round trip. I watched the train arrive and depart a few times. The daily excursion train left for a longer ride the last time I watched the Thomas train arrive. I have included two videos. The first video is the Thomas train leaving the station. The second video is the Thomas train arriving when the daily excursion train was leaving. The videos can be found on the train page in the video directory and on You Tube.

Two Videos of the Thomas the Tank Engine train at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

This was my second visit. I saw the Dinner Train the first time I stopped by on April 26th, 2014 (A Chance Encounter). I might return one Saturday this summer to see the steam engine.

My Dad is a fan of trains. Many of our family vacations included visits to train museums and watching trains. There were train tracks on the back edge of the yard around the house where I lived with my family. I listened through the open windows in the summer to the sound of the trains as I fell asleep.

Engine 2254 in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Engine 2254 in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

An open passenger car in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

An open passenger car in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

An open passenger car in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

An open passenger car in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains." The Thomas the Tank Engine train arrived a short time later on the track next to the platform in the foreground.

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014. The Thomas the Tank Engine train arrived a short time later on the track next to the platform in the foreground.

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The caboose in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The caboose in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The daily excursion train waiting at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The caboose in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The caboose in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Passenger cars in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Passenger cars in the daily excursion train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Engine 6540 of the Dinner Train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Engine 6540 in the Dinner Train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The caboose of the Dinner Train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The caboose in the Dinner Train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

A Chicago and North Western Railway caboose, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

A Chicago and North Western Railway caboose, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Engine 244 of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Engine 244 of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Aster flowers in the walkway, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Aster flowers in the walkway, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The Thomas the Tank Engine train approaching the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The Thomas the Tank Engine train approaching the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The Thomas the Tank Engine train arriving at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The Thomas the Tank Engine train arriving at the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Passengers disembarking from the Thomas the Tank Engine train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Passengers disembarking from the Thomas the Tank Engine train, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Children posing for photos with Thomas the Tank Engine, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Children posing for photographs with Thomas the Tank Engine, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

Thomas the Tank Engine smiling, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

Thomas the Tank Engine smiling, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The Thomas the Tank Engine train waiting to leave the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The Thomas the Tank Engine train waiting to leave the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The Thomas the Tank Engine train leaving the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014, "A Day With Trains."

The Thomas the Tank Engine train leaving the station, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, September 20, 2014.

The back yard of the house where I lived with my parents and my sister. There were train tracks at the very back of the yard. A caboose can be seen through the trees in the middle photo. The dates of the photos from left to right are September 1974, Summer 1975, and March 1977.

The back yard of the house where I lived with my family. There were train tracks at the very back of the yard. A caboose can be seen through the trees in the middle photo. The dates of the photos from left to right are September 1974, Summer 1975, and March 1977.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

About Sarah

nature, outdoor, and health enthusiast, book reader, and runner
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2 Responses to A Day With Trains

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    Sounds like someone got in touch with some good memories. 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      I had a lot of fun that day. 🙂 It was pretty warm and many of the adults looked a bit frazzled. Most of the children were beyond excited. I could see why. One of their favorite characters had come to life right before their eyes!

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