Sometimes I Like Sittin’ on Trains

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About 100 years ago… or maybe it was just in June, we took three little toddlers on a train ride. Our town has a rail line running through it that literally divides the good part of town from the “other side of the tracks”.

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The rail line is mainly used for cargo transport, but once a year, there’s a company from Kansas (I think? If I didn’t wait three months to post photos I’d remember these things) that brings a vintage train down for joy rides.

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Tickets were $10 per person, but the kids rode for free as lap children. I only scored tickets because my awesome friend Emily went and bought them for me from the Chamber of Commerce.

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For the two little boys obsessed with trains and Thomas, a real, live train ride was pretty cool. Right next to the train depot is an old restored engine along with a caboose. Both are stationary, but you can climb inside, ring the bell and sometimes, when the hydraulics are on, blow the horn.

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But for this special day, we were riding on an actual train. The ride was an hour-long, slow-chug to the next town north. Along the way, we spied rusting out cars, discarded rail ties that I want to steal for my garden, and even a tent creepily pitched in the woods along the tracks. Everybody along the way watching the train waved.

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This pretty lady was pretty relaxed about the whole thing, while the boys giggled and tickled each other in between staring out the window in awe.

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The way back was pretty much a repeat of the way there, though the creepy conductor stopped for photo ops.

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We ran into nap time and everyone got tired, but it was worth it for a fun afternoon on the train.

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