Trains!

Almost everybody loves trains!

From small models to kid-sized rides to full-fledged steam and diesel engines, they’re fascinating…and full of history!

Once a common mode of transportation in America, trains started falling off the map. Even though there is excitement in the world of Thomas the Tank Engine, trains are not remotely as conventional as cars and even buses.

Fortunately, trains seem to be making a comeback. One example of this is a project called All Aboard Florida. Once it’s completed, it will connect areas of central and the east coast of Florida, including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.

For a look at the history of trains, you could visit a place like the Illinois Railway Museum. The Florida Railroad Museum is open most weekends and allows visitors the chance to climb aboard a real train for a 1.5-hour ride and tour; there aren’t many museum artifacts that you can actually ride like you can that train!

Many places have trains to ride on just for a short fun jaunt, such as the one at Albuquerque BioPark in New Mexico. Tweetsie Railroad is a theme park in North Carolina that has a full-sized steam engine that takes you around the mountain while you’re entertain with an Old West reenactment.

The aforementioned Albuquerque BioPark also has an elaborate model train set for people of all ages to enjoy. If just the little ones are interested in riding a small train while you take pictures, maybe the small kid-sized train at Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee or one of the several Celebration Stations is best.

Trains are everywhere and regaining popularity and appreciation. For a step back in time–and maybe even the future–hop aboard a train. We’re pretty sure you’ll be glad you did.

Full Steam Ahead,

Family Bandage

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