My grandfather, the kids' great-grandfather, worked for the railroads back in the 1930s' Depression era Colorado. I don't think he had any glamorous job with the railroads, but it kept his family of ten children provided for during some tough times.
I have ridden few trains in America, but have traveled on lots of them in my jaunts through Europe. I like train travel. I've even been on the famed Orient Express for a few miles (if I remember right, it was on a trip through France) back in the day! That was a really exciting experience - not because of the particular car we were riding in, as much as it was the history and romance of being on that very famous rail line.
The boys really enjoyed the museum. Being able to climb around on the trains was an added plus.
|I love my brother. He is great.|
He further writes that, since their museum visit piqued the boys' interest in trains, he and the kids have been playing with a train simulator app for iPad. Instead of building a train set in the basement, they have been digitally designing a virtual model railroad complete with houses, trees, grass, mountains and, well, everything else you might want to add to give you that total model train experience.
He adds: "Only if you had a set in your basement, you couldn't actually hop in the cab of a train and drive it, nor would you have weather. We were up much too late last night building our own virtual train worlds."
I suppose you could argue that in a digital world you still can't "actually" hop in the cab of the train. You have to virtually hop in the cab of the train. But I get the picture. All I can say is, "How FUN!"
Now I want one of those train simulator programs.
(Yup. I want one. More toys! Give me MORE TOYS!)
I suppose anyone who has ever gone nuts over a model train set can totally understand the
But I'm particularly glad that my nephews had this chance to connect with their personal heritage, America's history, and have a good time with their dad!